3EarlyVictDickens - Victorian literature is the literature...

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Victorian literature is the literature produced during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) and corresponds to the Victorian era . It forms a link and transition between the writers of the romantic period and the very different literature of the 20th century . The 19th century saw the novel become the leading form of literature in English. The works by pre-Victorian writers such as Jane Austen and Walter Scott had perfected both closely- observed social satire and adventure stories. Popular works opened a market for the novel amongst a reading public. The 19th century is often regarded as a high point in British literature as well as in other countries such as France , the United States and Russia . Books, and novels in particular, became ubiquitous, and the "Victorian novelist" created legacy works with continuing appeal. REPS : Matthew Arnold, Emily, Anne & Charlotte Bronte; Robert Browning; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Charles Dickens; George Eliot… Charles Dickens is a prime exemplar of Victorian novelist. Extraordinarily popular in his day with his characters taking on a life of their own beyond the page, Dickens is still one of the most popular and read authors of that time. His first real novel, The Pickwick Papers , written at only twenty-five, was an overnight success, and all his subsequent works sold extremely well. He worked diligently and prolifically to produce entertaining writing the public wanted, but also to offer commentary on social challenges of the era. The comedy of his first novel has a satirical edge which pervades his writings. These deal with the plight of the poor and oppressed and end with a ghost story cut short by his death. The slow trend in his fiction towards darker themes is mirrored in much of the writing of the century, and literature after his death in 1870 is notably different from that at the start of the era. Literary style Dickens loved the style of 18th century Gothic romance , [ citation needed ] although it had already become a target for parody . [ citation needed ] One "character" vividly drawn throughout his novels is London itself. From the coaching inns on the outskirts of the city to the lower reaches of the Thames , all aspects of the capital are described over the course of his body of work. His writing style is florid and poetic, with a strong comic touch. His
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course LITERATURE 105 taught by Professor Stevens during the Winter '11 term at Mitchell Community College.

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