Charles Dickens | Critical Essay by Michael Steig

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Charles Dickens.
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Critical Essay by Michael Steig

SOURCE: Steig, Michael. “Dickens, Hablôt Browne, and the Tradition of English Caricature.” Criticism 11 (1969): 219-33.

In the following essay, Steig argues that Dickens's novels provide an overall model for observing the development of literary illustration, focusing his discussion on the novels illustrated by Hablôt Browne.

Since the word “caricature” has so often been applied to Dickens' literary methods, Dickens' own attitude toward caricature is of considerable interest. Writing in 1848, Dickens called his friend and contemporary, John Leech, “the very first English caricaturist (we use the word for want of a better) who has considered beauty as being perfectly compatible with his art,” and contrasted him with earlier English graphic humorists:

If we turn back to … the works of Rowlandson or Gillray, we...

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