IN THE REVIEW

Dickens on the Barricades

Dickens and Charity

by Norris Pope

Dickens on America and the Americans

edited by Michael Slater
Conventional wisdom describes the Victorian age as one of monolithic assurance, solid with horsehair furniture and heavy Sunday sermons followed by heavy Sunday dinners. Only little by little, according to this view, was its moral complacency chipped away by what Ruskin called “the dreadful hammers” of the geologists clinking at …