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date: 14 April 2024

crime, crime prevention, and criminals. 

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens
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.... ...

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