The era was also a period of the breakup of traditional beliefs

The era was also a period of the breakup of traditional beliefs

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Unformatted text preview: The era was also a period of the breakup of traditional beliefs, of intense debate and confusion over values and concepts moral, religious, scientific, and economic. New theories of biological and geological evolution were being proposed, and new approaches to the study of the Bible were vigorously challenging traditional interpretation. People wanted firm guidance on these and other issues. Those who could or might provide it were the writers. It was the public clamor for illumination that caused more and more poets, novelists and essayists to devote much of their time to thinking about and speaking out upon the issues of the day. Dickens himself began his writing career as an entertainer, a humorist the comic Sketches by Boz and Pickwick Papers were his first books but soon found himself caught up in the intense popular demand for clarification and advice. His but soon found himself caught up in the intense popular demand for clarification and advice....
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