Few writers are more often read, and better loved, than
Charles Dickens and Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain. Many of the
characters populating their novels have become household words, cultural
landmarks in their own right—Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, David Copperfield
and Oliver Twist. It is as if we have known them our entire lives.
In this course we take a look at the lives and works of both
authors, comparing and celebrating them, in their use of use language, in their
humor, in their evocation of character, and in their evaluation of the social world
in which they find themselves.
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