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date: 14 April 2024

Gissing, George (1857–1903), novelist 

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens
Paul SchlickePaul Schlicke

and one of the foremost early critics of Dickens. As a realist Gissing found much to admire in Dickens, but also found a great deal which was deplorable or needed to be explained away. He praised Dickens's ‘narrative involvement’, his ‘interest in the commonplace’, his sympathetic understanding of human beings, and his pathos, and found humour the ‘soul’ of his work, but considered that a predilection for ... ...

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