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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. It was a poor ...
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. He is then
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 psychopaths, ...
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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