Charles Dickens

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Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 - 1870) was an English author, often described in politically correct sources as one of the greatest, possibly in part related to the perception that Dickens was a leftist and even a socialist.

A criticism of this concludes that "So don’t believe the English professors and the literary theorists. Charles Dickens was not a socialist at heart. Far from being an early proponent of the welfare state, he was sounding alarms for all of us."[1]

Leftist Wikipedia has a hard to find article titled "Racism in the work of Charles Dickens". It states that "Although Charles Dickens is known as a writer who was strongly sympathetic to the disadvantaged in Britain, in common with many eminent writers of his time he expressed attitudes that can be interpreted as racist and xenophobic in his journalism and fiction. While it cannot be said that he opposed fundamental freedoms of minorities in British society or supported legal segregation or employment discrimination, he defended the privileges of colonial Europeans and was dismissive of what he believed were primitive cultures. [...] Paul Vallely wrote in The Independent that Dickens's Fagin in Oliver Twist —the Jew who runs a school in London for child pickpockets—is widely seen as one of the most grotesque Jews in English literature. The character is thought to have been partly based on Ikey Solomon, a 19th-century Jewish criminal in London, who was interviewed by Dickens during the latter's time as a journalist."[2]

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  1. Was Dickens Really a Socialist? https://fee.org/articles/was-dickens-really-a-socialist/
  2. Racism in the work of Charles Dickens Version: 02:36, 11 December 2018 https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Racism_in_the_work_of_Charles_Dickens&oldid=873094112