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The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens
Robin GilmourRobin Gilmour

Dickens lived at a time of unprecedented social upheaval, when the impact of the industrial and democratic revolutions on English domestic life was profound and when writers became preoccupied with matters of social class as they had not been before and, arguably, were not to be with quite the same intensity again. There was a loosening of the boundaries of rank and a corresponding belief in the possibilities of self-improvement—it was the age of ... ...

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