Back up to: The Essay
5/5 Justin Cartwright reflects on the place that Christmas occupies in Charles Dickens's work.
4/5 Writer Alexander McCall Smith salutes Charles Dickens's mastery of the episodic form.
3/5 AL Kennedy explores Dickens' literary response to the themes of poverty, misery and death.
2/5 Romesh Gunesekera on how Dickens addresses the move from childhood into the world beyond.
1/5 Tessa Hadley on how Dickens paints the reality of his world through characters' houses.