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Shakespeare and Dickens: The Dynamics of Influence Paperback – Nov 23 2006

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (Nov. 23 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521031516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521031516
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
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"On all factual matters, it is excellent." Modern Philology

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Tracing Dickens' interest in Shakespeare through his own reading and performance and through numerous theatrical, literary, and artistic sources, Shakespearean Dickens argues that imaginative transformations of Shakespeare's words and ideas enrich all aspects of Dickens' writing, including aesthetic principles, language, imagery, plot, theme, tone, structure, and characterization. The book proceeds to examine theoretical ideas about influence and allusion as aspects of style, and analyses ways in which Dickens typically employs references to Shakespeare. The final section catalogues approximately one thousand references to Shakespeare's plays and poems drawn from Dickens' fiction, essays, letters, and speeches.

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One of the childhood events to which Peter Ackroyd attaches particular significance is the occasion when Dickens was taken by his father to see a house at Gad's Hill, the house which the successful author would eventually purchase as his country home. Read the first page
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