The Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Collection comprises short works - fiction, essays, poetry, letters, magazine articles and speeches - and each volume will be a pot pourri of all genres and periods of his writing. This first volume is released on Dickens' 200th birthday, February 7th 2012. Further volumes will follow during the anniversary year. Volume 1 includes short stories including, amongst others, _The Holly Tree_, the first part of _Holiday Romance_ and three pieces from _Mugby Junction_. Some items requiring a little further explanation are _Prince Bull_, written as a fairy tale, but in reality a scathing attack on the Government's handling of supplies to the troops in the Crimean War; _Old Lamps for New Ones_ in which Dickens makes clear his low opinion of the ethos of the Pre-Raphaelite school of painting; and _Frauds on the Fairies_, a polemic against George Cruikshank's bowdlerisation of fairy tales for moralistic purposes, with the interesting revelation that 'product placement' is by no means a new phenomenon. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)
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