Oliver Twist, And, Sketches by Boz (Classic Reprint) by Charles DickensOliver Twist, And, Sketches by Boz (Classic Reprint) by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist, And, Sketches by Boz (Classic Reprint)

byCharles Dickens

Paperback | November 26, 2018

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Excerpt from Oliver Twist, And, Sketches by Boz

Now, as the stern and plain truth, even in the dress of this (in novels) much exalted race, was a part of the pur pose of this book, I will not, for these readers, abate one hole in the Dodger's coat, or one scrap of curl-paper in the girl's dishevelled hair. I have no faith in the delicacy which cannot bear to look upon them. I have no desire to make proselytes among such people. I have 'no respect for their opinion, good or bad; do not covet their approval; and do not write for their amusement. -i venture to say this without reserve; for I am not aware of any writer in our language having a respect for himself, or held in any respect by his posterity, who ever has descended to the taste of this fastidious class.

On the other hand, if I look for examples, and for prece dents, I find them in the noblest range of English litera ture. Fielding, De Foe, Goldsmith, Smollett, Richardson, Mackenzie - all these for wise purposes, and especially the two first, brought upon the scene the very scum and refuse of the land. Hogarth, the moralist, and censor of his age - in whose great works the Mes in which he lived, and the characters of every time, will never cease to be re?ected - did the like, without-the compromise of a hair's-breadth. Where does this giant stand now, in the estimation of his countrymen? And yet, if I turn back to the days in which he or any of these men ?ourished, I find the same reproach levelled against them every one; each in his turn; by the insects of the hour, who raised their little hum, and died and were forgotten.

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Title:Oliver Twist, And, Sketches by Boz (Classic Reprint)Format:PaperbackDimensions:954 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.88 inPublished:November 26, 2018Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0243382472

ISBN - 13:9780243382477

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