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"London created Dickens, just as Dickens created London. He came to it as a small nervous child but by the time of his death, in 1870, he had recreated that city for the generations that followed him. He found a city of brick, and left a city of people. London entered his soul; it terrified him and it entranced him. It became the material for his fantasy and the arena for his polemic. And, in the end, it was truly Dickens' London."
Ackroyd, Peter (Introduction), Dickens' London. London: Headline Book Publishing, 1987, p. 7.
Works on Dickens and his era in the HMCPL Catalog
Following are works on Dickens and his era in the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library catalog:
The World of Charles Dickens: The Life, Times and Works of the Great Victorian Novelist by
Call Number: 823.8 FID
Publication Date: 2012 1997
From the book jacket: '"The World of Charles Dickens" presents the author's life and works in a highly illustrated volume that takes a thematic all-encompassing look at this brilliant writer and the society that so influenced his work. It also looks at both the public and private Dickens--his beliefs, his passions and his relationships.'
Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870 by
Call Number: 942.1091 PIC
Publication Date: 2005
From the book jacket: "To Londoners, the years 1840 to 1870 were years of dramatic change and achievement. As suburbs expanded and roads multiplied, London was ripped apart to build railway lines and stations and life-saving sewers...Liza Picard shows us the physical reality of daily life. She takes us into schools and prisons, churches, and cemeteries. Many practical innovations of the time--flushing lavatories, underground railways, umbrellas, letter boxes, driving on the left--point the way forward. But this was also, at least until the 1850s, a city of cholera outbreaks, transportation to Australia, public executions, and the workhouse, where children could be sold by their parents for as little as 12 pounds and streetpeddlers and sold sparrows for a penny, tied by the leg for children to play with. Cruelty and hypocrisy flourished alongside invention, industry, and philanthropy."
The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London by
Call Number: 942.108 FLA
Publication Date: 2012
From the book jacket: "From the moment Charles Dickens, the century's best-loved novelist and London's greatest observer, arrived in the city in 1822, he obsessively walked its streets, recording its pleasures, curiosities, and cruelties. Now, with him, Judith Flanders leads us through the markets, transport systems, sewers, rivers, slums, alleys, cemeteries, gin palaces, chophouses and entertainment emporia of Dickens' London, to reveal the Victorian capital in all its variety, vibrancy, and squalor."