Dickens is realist, isn't it?
Alexander III: damned esoteric bastard.
On a different note, should we up the ante and make it not one, but two words, which when combined form an idea or image, which recall the Romantic movement?
Tristan und Isolde
What about Lawrence Sterne? Franz Kafka? Hermann Hesse? Italo Calvino? Mikhail Bulgakov? etc... There are many novels... many of the finest that do not fall within the "realist" tradition.
Dickens style is formal realism though, but the pinnacle of the realist tradition in English is Henry James.
"If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia."
- Margaret Atwood
we assume everything
but we mean nothing
hear a tear drop crop
light to a shadow proc
clear is to block hopeless
something is not.
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!