Update
Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD REFERENCE (www.oxfordreference.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single entry from a reference work in OR for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 14 April 2024

crime, crime prevention, and criminals. 

Source:
The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens
Author(s):
Clive EmsleyClive Emsley

Dickens's writing career spanned that period of the 19th century in Britain when crime was seen largely as the work of those characterized as the ‘dangerous’ or ‘criminal’ classes and when professional police forces were being introduced and developed across the country. Crime and criminals figure significantly in Dickens's novels and his journalistic work. He both drew upon, and helped to shape popular perceptions of these issues during his lifetime, while characters such as Bucket, Fagin, Magwitch, Merdle, and Sikes continued to be stereotypes long after his death.... ...

Access to the complete content on Oxford Reference requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.