Charles Dickens | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by William F. Long

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of Charles Dickens.
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Critical Essay by William F. Long

SOURCE: Long, William F. “Dickens and the Adulteration of Food.” The Dickensian, 84, no. 3 (autumn 1988): 160-70.

In the following essay, Long discusses Dickens's participation in the national debate on the common nineteenth-century practice of adulterating food and drink.

Much tension in Dickens's early work derives from the juxtaposition of scenes in which food and drink are consumed—sometimes seemingly continuously—with others of near or actual starvation. In later work, descriptions of meals increasingly serve to illustrate character traits and advance plots. A third aspect of Dickens's writing about food is his frequent reference to its poor quality. This article describes some of these references, and traces the background against which they were made.

In 1850, in an atmosphere of national debate and parliamentary legislation concerning many aspects of public...

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