Consider The Wire As Nineteenth-Century Novel

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Authors Joy Delyria and Sean Michael Robinson note: "Dickens is often praised for his portrayal not merely of a set of characters and their lives, but of the setting as a character: the city itself an antagonist. Yet in The Wire, Bodymore is a far more intricate and compelling character than London in Dickens’ hands; The Wire portrays society to such a degree of realism and intricacy that A Tale of Two Cities — or any other story — can hardly compare." Read much more here.

[Hooded Utilitarian via Lapham's Quarterly]