“Dickens is good” shocker. He is though you know. And it’s his birthday, you may have noticed.
I was never interested in Dickens at all during my teens, and school did nothing to counter this. I only bothered to properly explore him after reading George Orwell’s magnificent essay on him, which made the world Dickens had created infinitely more inviting. And I’m very glad I did.
If you like one of these writers but not the other, this essay is bound to inspire at least a kindling of an interest in the unfavoured. If you like both, it’s sublime. If you like neither – sod ya.