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This is an auction for REPRINTED PIECES by Charles Dickens.

From an appreciation by G K Chesterton:

"Everything that can be said about the perversion of Christianity can be said about the perversion of Dickens. The jokes in Pickwick are quoted with delight by the very bigwigs of bench and bar whom Dickens wished to make absurd and impossible. People joke about Bumble in defence of Bumbledom; people allude playfully to Mrs Jellyby while agitating for Borrioboola Gha. The very things which Dickens tried to destroy are preserved as relics of him. The very houses he wished to pull down are propped up as monuments of Dickens. Two or three elements in REPRINTED PIECES make it essential to any solid appreciation of the author. Of these the first in importance is that which comes last in order. I mean the three remarkable pamphlets upon the English Sunday, called Sunday under Three Heads. Here we find the eternal Dickens. On the subject of the English Sunday he stands for a particular view, remote at present both from Liberals and Conservatives. He was, in a conscious sense, the first of its spokesmen. He was in every sense the last. In his appeal for the pleasures of the people, Dickens has remained alone. The pleasures of the people have now no defender, Radical or Tory. The Tories despise the people. The Radicals despise the pleasures."

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This is a leather-bound Heron Books hardback from the same edition as those in the photograph.

Undated, but about 1968.

355 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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