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The apparent influence of an older novelist on a later may in fact be no influence
at all , in the sense that the later writer ' s work would have been in some way
different had he not known his forbear ' s , but rather a relation between affinities .
It is possible to make far too many difficulties about the plots of the later novels .
They were a necessary structure for him . Dickens was not a realistic novelist : his
one attempt at something that may be called realistic , David Copperfield , is ...
Mrs Proudie and Mr Slope , praised though they have always been , are
somewhat overdone , as is Madame Neroni ; and the young women are , by
comparison with those we are to meet later , pallid creatures . The real
achievements are ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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