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Book - “Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of '80”
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Title: Book - “Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of '80”
Identifier: 979.6.1558
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1913
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A hard covered red book with gold lettering entitled "Barnaby Rudge" by Charles Dickens.

Charles John Huffam Dickens, was born 7 February 1812 and died 9 June 1870. His pen-name was Boz. He was the foremost English novelist of the Victorian era, as well as a vigorous social campaigner. Considered one of the English language's greatest writers, he was acclaimed for his rich storytelling and memorable characters, and achieved massive worldwide popularity in his lifetime. Later critics, beginning with George Gissing and G. K. Chesterton, championed his mastery of prose, his endless invention of memorable characters and his powerful social sensibilities, but fellow writers such as George Henry Lewes, Henry James and Virginia Woolf fault his work for sentimentality, implausible occurrence and grotesque characters. The popularity of Dickens' novels and short stories has meant that not one has ever gone out of print. Dickens wrote serialised novels, the usual format for fiction at the time, and each new part of his stories was eagerly anticipated by the reading public. From:
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