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Critical Companion to Charles Dickens
  • Authored by: Paul Davis
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816064075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6407-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 12/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 823
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 688


Praise for the previous edition:
"Facts on File...More than 50 well-chosen and well-reproduced illustrations help bring Dicken's works alive. Highly recommended for Dickens enthusiasts and all literature reference collections."—Choice

"This important reference work should be included in both public and academic libraries."—Library Journal

"Gives readers and researchers an opportunity to discover the richness of Dickens' literary achievements in the context of his life and times."—Reference & Research Book News

A master of extreme situations, Charles Dickens populated his novels with unforgettable characters and elaborate settings. Critical Companion to Charles Dickens is an essential reference to everything one needs to know about Dickens and his work. This reorganized and fully updated revision of Charles Dickens A to Z contains extensive updates, including expanded commentary on the novels and on the major characters, as well as updates to reflect the latest in Dickens scholarship.

This comprehensive, single-volume reference contains entries on this writer’s works, including the characters in each work, crucial historical and thematic information, critical discussion, and entries on related people, places, themes, topics, and influences. Additional features include 116 illustrations, a chronology, a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, and much more.

Coverage includes:

  • A detailed discussion of Dickens' life
  • Synopses and critical examinations of Dickens's published works, major and minor, with extensive analyses of his major novels, including David Copperfield, Bleak House, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, and more
  • Entries on the characters in his fiction, with major characters receiving extensive commentary
  • Profiles of friends, family, and contemporaries, as well as the places important to Dickens's life and fiction
  • Discussions of themes and important, broader topics.


Illustrations. Index. Appendix. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

Paul Davis is professor emeritus from the University of New Mexico. His previous books include The Life and Times of Ebenezer Scrooge, a study of the many versions of A Christmas Carol. He is one of the editors of The Bedford Anthology of World Literature.

Reviews and Awards

"As with other volumes in the revamped series, one of the most useful features is the detailed coverage of major works, with synopsis, commentary, and character entries."

"...useful for Dickens enthusiasts and all literature reference collections. Recommended."

"...a well researched reference...easy to use..."
Christian Library Journal

"...would be a welcome addition to a high school library’s literature collection. Recommended."
Library Media Connection

"...[a] useful addition to the series...Recommended for public, high school, and college libraries."
Library Journal

"To adopt a Jamesian metaphor, Davis's book stands as a towering edifice built on solid foundations, with many windows overlooking a variegated landscape...an indispensable companion to Dickens."
Dickens Quarterly

"[A] user-friendly resource for accessing the work of [a] literary master."
SLJ Curriculum Connections

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