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It was the best of times it was the worst of times it was the age of wisdom it was the age of foolishness it was the epoch of belief it was the epoch of incredulity it was the season of Light it was the season of Darkness it was the spring of hope it was the winter of despair we had everything before us we had nothing before us we were all going direct to Heaven we were all going direct the other way--in short the period was so Bibliomania Online The Victorian era 1837-1901was an era of several unsettling social developments that forced writers more than ever before to take positions on the immediate issues animating the rest of society Although romantic forms of expression in poetry and prose continued to dominate English literature throughout much of the century the attention of many writers was directed sometimes passionately to such issues as the growth of English democracy the education of the masses the progress of industrial enterprise and the consequent rise of a materialistic philosophy and the plight of the newly industrialized worker In addition the unsettling of religious belief by new advances in science particularly the theory of evolution and the historical study of the Bible drew other writers away from the immemorial subjects of literature into considerations of problems of faith and truth Charles Dickens is the most widely read Victorian novelist Dickens appealed to social consciousness to overcome social misery His immense popularity gave importance to his attacks on the abuses of the law-courts and of schools whose object was not the education of the children but the enrichment of the proprietors Through Dickens Literature he questioned authority examined the lives of the undistinguised individuals and he challenged the idea that mone can by happiness As bella Wilfer Says in Our mutual friend society given
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