Pecksniffand Scrooge are some others. It seems likely that she became his mistress, though probably not until the s; assertions that Ternan gave birth to a child remain unproved, though Claire Tomalin, in biographies of Ternan and Dickens, has argued persuasively that she did.
How greatly Dickens personally had changed in his final years appears in remarks by friends who met him again, after many years, during the American reading tour in — Novels from Pickwick to Chuzzlewit His writing during these prolific years was remarkably various and, except for his plays, resourceful.
In 4the writer knows more or less what he wants to say, but an accumulation of stale phrases chokes him like tea leaves blocking a sink. Early years Dickens left Portsmouth in infancy. And, if sometimes by an effort of will, his old high spirits were often on display. Necessarily solitary while writing and during the long walks especially through the streets at night that became essential to his creative processes, he was generally social at other times.
Though he married his close friend Sonia Brownell in lateand continued to work on ideas for new short stories and essays, by the end of the year he was planning to travel to a sanatorium in Switzerland for further tuberculosis treatments.
The affair disrupted some of his friendships and narrowed his social circle, but surprisingly it seems not to have damaged his popularity with the public.
The attraction of this way of writing is that it is easy. Already the first of his nine surviving children had been born; he had married in April Catherine, eldest daughter of a respected Scottish journalist and man of letters, George Hogarth.
How his fiction is related to these talents—practical, journalistic, oratorical, histrionic—remains controversial. Two months earlier he had written more frankly to an intimate friend: He is a much better prophet in his essays than in his much lauded novel "".
I wish there is an electronic version of all the four volume of his essays available somewhere. This invasion of one's mind by ready-made phrases lay the foundations, achieve a radical transformation can only be prevented if one is constantly on guard against them, and every such phrase anaesthetizes a portion of one's brain.
His farewell reading tour was abandoned when, in Aprilhe collapsed. After the war, the right reverted to its usual anti-Communist stance as the Cold War began. Professor Hogben 2 plays ducks and drakes with a battery which is able to write prescriptions, and, while disapproving of the everyday phrase put up with, is unwilling to look egregious up in the dictionary and see what it means; 3if one takes an uncharitable attitude towards it, is simply meaningless: I number them so that I can refer back to them when necessary: His father, a clerk in the navy pay office, was well paid, but his extravagance and ineptitude often brought the family to financial embarrassment or disaster.
He had been toying with the idea of turning paid reader sincewhen he began giving occasional readings in aid of charity.
People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: Afterward one can choose — not simply accept — the phrases that will best cover the meaning, and then switch round and decide what impressions one's words are likely to make on another person.
Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way.
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. If you simplify your English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy. As ever, this is suffused with a subtle patriotism, as in his account of the ideal English pub The Moon Under WaterEnglish cooking, how to make a cup of tea, and the English language, a concern of his that recurs in a few of the writings in this volume.
Words like romantic, plastic, values, human, dead, sentimental, natural, vitality, as used in art criticism, are strictly meaningless, in the sense that they not only do not point to any discoverable object, but are hardly ever expected to do so by the reader.
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