for a range of character, anecdote and detail that is Dickensian [in scope]

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Irelia20150604

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The quotation comes from Samuel Pepys - The Last of Pepys's Diary

Quotation: On this day in 1669, Samuel Pepys regretfully made the final entry in his nine-and-a-half-year diary, citing his deteriorating eyes as cause. Begun when he was a struggling young civil servant, Pepys's diary covers the beginnings of his rise to wealth and influence in Restoration England. It is praised not just as a priceless historical document but for a range of character, anecdote and detail that is Dickensian in scope, and just as readable.
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Hi everyone! I don't quite understand the "in scope" here. I try to interpret it as below. Is it correct?

scope => 1. extent, limit or range of view, outlook, etc.
for a range of character, anecdote and detail that is Dickensian => for as wide a range of character, anecdote and detail as Charles Dickens' work has.
 
  • Irelia20150604

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    Hmmm...On reviewing the thread, I have another question about the sentence. I hope I'm not violating the rules....
    It is praised not just as a priceless historical document but for a range of character, anecdote and detail that is Dickensian in scope, and just as readable.
    Does "just as readable" mean "Pepys's diary is just as readable as Charles Dickens' work"?
     
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