Rain of Years:

September 2001
3 black and white illustrations
120 pages
9x6 in
ISBN: 9781580461009
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press

Rain of Years:

Great Expectations and the World of Dickens

Bernard Schilling

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This work argues that Great Expectations best exemplifies Charles Dickens's worldview, and brings together the various themes he addresses in all his works.
This is the last book by the noted English scholar Bernard Schilling. A remarkably compact survey of all the novels by Charles Dickens, it shows the unity of the whole body of work by reviewing basic scenes and images in the novels. It is the result of many years of reading and teaching Dickens, and demonstrates a thorough familiarity with Victorian literature in general.
The book argues that Great Expectations is the novel which brings together all the main themes of Dickens's vision. Schilling's affectionate treatment of the characters found with Dickens's world will appeal to anyone interested in English literature, and is a fitting final work by a master of prose himself.
Bernard Schilling was Trevor Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Rochester. He was author of several books, including The Comic Spirit, The Comic World of Dickens, and Twentieth Century Views: Dryden.

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Table of Contents

Of Things Eternal
The Human Scene
Great Expectations
The Rain of Years


[Rain of Years] guarantees immediate transport to a pre-critical, belletristic past, exquisite in sensibility, elegantly written, a sensitively stitched cento of Dickensian imageries. VICTORIAN STUDIES