List of illustrations; Preface; A note on the text and acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. 'A Shakespearean Lot': 1. 'Treading in the steps': early Shakespearean influences; 2. 'At his tongue's end': Dickens's remarkable memory; 3. 'Eloquent associations': W. C. Macready and Daniel Maclise; 4. 'As if I had been another man': Dickens as actor-manager; 5. 'The noblest of all dramatists': Dickens as theatre critic and editor; Part II. 'All the Removes and Definitions of Shakespeare's Touchstone': 6. 'Of imagination all compact': Dickens's aesthetic principles; 7. Definition of critical concepts; 8. Verbal 'fireworks': typical functions of Dickens's Shakespearean references; 9. 'The web I have spun': Shakespeareana in Dombey and Son and David Copperfield; Part III. 'Signs and Tokens' of Shakespeare: Preface to the catalogue; Catalogue of Dickens's references to Shakespeare; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.