The Personal History and Experience of David Copperfield the Younger by David Masson

On the whole is may be said that, while there are few things that Mr. Thackeray can do in way of description that Mr. Dickens could not also do, there is a large region of objects and appearances familiar to the artistic activity of Mr. Dickens, where Mr. Thackeray would not find himself at home. And as Mr. Dickens’s artistic range is thus wider than that of Mr. Thackeray, so also his style of art is more elevated… Dickens…works more in the ideal. It is nonsense to say of his characters generally, intending the observation for praise, that they are life-like.

View 1851 review by David Masson in North British Review

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