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Jennifer Gribble

Jennifer Gribble

Jennifer Gribble is Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Sydney. Her most recent book is Dickens and the Bible: ‘What Providence Meant’ (Routledge, 2021).

Jennifer Gribble reviews 'The Artful Dickens: The tricks and ploys of the great novelist' by John Mullan

May 2021, no. 431 26 April 2021
‘What is so good about Dickens’s novels?’ It is a question ‘oddly evaded by many who have written about him’, in John Mullan’s reckoning. ‘Gosh he is good – though so careless,’ Iris Murdoch wrote to Brigid Brophy in 1962. Many writers before and since have found Dickens not only improvisatory and self-indulgently digressive but also sentimental, melodramatic, and sermonising – ... (read more)