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What was the current fiction the young Thackeray and Dickens were reading ? Jane Austen had been dead fifteen years , Scott was to die in 1832 itself . Crotchet Castle had appeared in 1831 , Peacock's last novel for thirty years .
But Dickens's way of character creation was not that of the realist novelist ; he was after another kind of reality . It is often said that his characters are caricatures , either caricatures of comedy or monstrous puppets of melodrama ...
In Dombey , for instance , or Carker in the same novel , or Headstone in Our Mutual Friend , Dickens is concentrating so exclusively on the obsessional element in behavior that he is inventing characters that we should today call ...
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Remember when literary critics read books and wrote about them? No? Well, I do now. He got a few things wrong - what did these people ever see in H.G. Wells? In Meredith? That they should be put next ... Read full review
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE EARLY VICTORIANS
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