Sunday, December 15, 2013

Charles Dickens--skeptical of early social engineering?

From the BBC: Why Charles Dickens endures.

"Dickens didn't seem to share the idea, common among reformers in his day and our own, that there is a more reasonable and better-natured human species hidden away somewhere inside us, waiting to be let out…. Dickens enjoyed human beings as he found them, unregenerate, peculiar and incorrigibly themselves."