John Mullan: The Artful Dickens: Tricks and Ploys of the Great Novelist


N.B. As one of our Litfest 2022 titles this book is being offered at £2 of the Publisher’s RRP until 31st March 2022.

This is a marvellous, endlessly illuminating book … It doesn’t go on the shelf alongside other critics; it goes on the shelf alongside Dickens‘ Howard Jacobson

Discover the tricks of a literary master in this essential guide to the fictional world of Charles Dickens.

Brilliantly sharp … Mullan makes us see that Charles Dickens was one of the most artful, which is to say skilled, writers the world has ever seen‘ Mail on Sunday

Put it on your Christmas list and spend the post-goose collapse reading the good bits aloud‘ Laura Freeman

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Synopsis: From Pickwick to Scrooge, Copperfield to Twist, how did Dickens find the perfect names for his characters? What was Dickens’s favourite way of killing his characters? When is a Dickens character most likely to see a ghost? Why is Dickens’s trickery only fully realised when his novels are read aloud?

In thirteen entertaining and wonderfully insightful essays, John Mullan explores the literary machinations of Dickens’s eccentric genius, from his delight in clichés to his rendering of smells and his outrageous use of coincidences. A treat for all lovers of Dickens, this essential companion puts his audacity, originality and brilliance on full display.

Author: John Mullan
Title: The Artful Dickens: Tricks and Ploys of the Great Novelist
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781408866825
Original Publication Date: Oct, 2021
This Edition Published: 2021
Binding: Paperback

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 12.9 × 3.3 × 19.8 cm