The review that fractured the friendship between Charles Dickens and George Cruikshank
Charles Dickens and illustrator George Cruikshank enjoyed a close working relationship during the production of Oliver Twist (1838), but in their later years they were driven apart by disagreements and accusations. This review from 1848, written by Charles Dickens about George Cruikshank’s temperance work The Drunkard’s Children, began to sour their relationship.
Although Dickens praised Cruikshank's execution, he strongly disagreed with the illustrator's moral about alcohol. Dickens did not believe that total abstinence from alcohol was a solution, instead preferring moderation and striving to address the social ills, such as poverty, that may drive people to drink. The subject of temperance continued to divide the pair into the next decade.
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