Memory, Evil, and Transfiguration in a Neglected Work of Dickens

Robert J. Goeser

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1993

Issue: Literature (Vol. 13, No 2, Spring, 1993)

The last of Charles Dickens’s Christmas books, The Haunted Man, was not well received on publication and has never been popular. Reviewers greeted it as “unintelligible” and “incoherent.” One said it was a charming story surrounding a chapter of pure metaphysics. The story is not, however, pure metaphysics; it is a piece of fiction. It works as a story, and whatever is achieved, is achieved by the story, including its dialogue. The story is, however, developed, from some of Dickens’s most profound theological insights.

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