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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
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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