“Change is the law of life.”

—President John F. Kennedy (1963)
For Dickens Studies Annual, 2017 and 2018 have been years of both change and continuity. Our periodical has a new publisher, and, starting with this volume, a new softcover format in two issues replaces the single-issue hardcover journal. The subject of the essays remains the same—the fiction composed by Dickens and his contemporaries, but the audience for this creative work has changed. The customs, beliefs, desires, and fears of today's readers differ in many respects from those of their nineteenth-century forebears. Nevertheless, we share with past generations an awareness of the harmfulness of greed and hypocrisy and a concern about the problems of poverty and penology, and we continue to admire compassion and generosity. Dickens and his fellow writers, therefore, still can speak to us.

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