Tag Archives: Charles Dickens

my writing; a response to my critics

    In this post, I would like to consider and respond to criticisms of my writing which have been made by readers of this blog from time to time. In responding, I have used my own writing and writing … Continue reading

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damning with faint praise

    Consider … the most popular novelist in the English language–Charles Dickens. His characters are types, not people. With some honorable exceptions like Great Expectations and David Copperfield; his plots are unwieldy and ultimately uninvolving. He exposed alarming social … Continue reading

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a lover of humanity awash on a sea of words

  Charles Dickens, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, Chapter II Mr. Pickwick and his companions visit the towns Stroud, Rochester, Chatham, and Brompton: “The principal productions of these towns,” says Mr. Pickwick, “appear to be soldiers, sailors, Jews, … Continue reading

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writers: walkers

    In a previous post of mine   “on walking (and exercise)” https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/09/26/on-walking-and-exercise/   I wrote that “walking, as is well known, is conducive to thinking and creativity, which is why so many writers and intellectuals have always been walkers.” … Continue reading

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thoughts about Gogol

    Elisabeth van der Meer has another great post at https://arussianaffair.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/typically-gogol/ which is about the Russian author Nikolai Gogol. I responded as follows.     *****************************************************     Great post, Elisabeth. Very interesting and insightful. A couple of things … Continue reading

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      We should treat with indulgence every human folly, failing, and vice, bearing in mind that what we have before us are simply our own failings, follies, and vices. For they are just the failings of mankind to … Continue reading

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