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Beschreibung des Verlags

The Warden (1855) is Anthony Trollope's parodic slenderization of Charles Dickens's baggy monsters. Besides caricaturing Dickens as Mr. Popular Sentiment (144-50; ch. 15), Trollope tries to "tone down" his rival's customary hyperbole "lest his excesses obscure the real problems his fiction oversimplified." The Warden strives for a "comprehensive reconsideration of Dickens as a realist and social critic." Trollope repudiates the "use of Juvenalian satire to promote a radical politics and encourage reform" (Meckier 27-8). (1) Three years after publishing his breakthrough novel, Trollope impugned Dickensian realism again. The attack in The Three Clerks is surprisingly direct--a rivalry not so hidden. Nevertheless, the revaluator withholds the full force of his displeasure for most of the novel--until chapter forty-four. Then deceptively playful anti-Dickens allusions become a screed. Trollope's Three Clerks--he considered his sixth novel his "best" yet (Autobiography 96; ch. 6)--follows the careers of Henry Norman, Alaric Tudor, and Charles (Charlie) Tudor, an affectionate caricature of the novelist himself. Henry and Alaric are employed in a branch of the Civil Service called "the Weights and Measures." (2) Trollope refers to Dickens in the novel's second paragraph: so "well-conducted" is the Weights and Measures that "it is exactly antipodistic of the Circumlocution Office" (ch. 1).

GENRE
Gewerbe und Technik
ERSCHIENEN
2008
1. September
SPRACHE
EN
Englisch
UMFANG
17
Seiten
VERLAG
Dickens Society of America
GRÖSSE
211.5
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