Winter 1966 • Vol. XXVIII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1966 |

Dickens and the Scandal-Mongers

Dickens and the Scandal-Mongers by Edward Wagenknecht. University of Oklahoma Press, $5.00.   Humanities professors look with awe upon the accomplishments of computers, assembly lines, mass advertising, mass marketing, and—wonder of wonders—irresistible packaging. Gazing ruefully each month at the magical fretwork punched into their meager pay checks, they dream their version of the American dream: they envision their little labors transmogrified and merchandised into glittering achievements. But they are less astute, more self-deluded than their nonacademic compatriots. They would like to ride the wave of the future, but they don't know how. Edward Wagenknecht and the University of Oklahoma Press have had foresight and boldness. They are already riding the wave; they have introduced the non-book to the drowsy purlieus of academe. Dickens and the Scandalmongers is teasingly titled (hot scandals within!) and inflamingly dust-jacketed (giant blots on the 'scutcheon), but t

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