Dickens (was:Stop buying books?)
billdi at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 29 18:50:25 EDT 2005
ron -- no -- each novel was written in parts (usually several chapters
long) and published in publications that Dickens either edited or wrote for.
It was a way to keep reader interest going and to buy the next magazine. It
was also an amazing feat because he often only had a general idea where
everything was going as he wrote. There was no continuation between novels.
They all stand as separate entities, though there is a progression and
continuity in Dickens' ideas and themes, especially as he grew as a writer.
Pickwick Papers, his first, is nothing like his later novels, such as Our
Mutual Friend or Bleak House.
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> > Dickens forced his readers to wait because he serialized his novels --
> > sometimes i like to break off at his to-be-continued points and imagine
> > anticipation and excitement of waiting for the next chapters to be
> > published. what a time to be a reader -- he was his era's rock star.
> Are you saying there is a continuation of sorts between his novels?
Relative to the ML titles, which order did they appear in?
> > as for john's "meager 500" -- what does that make my 100 or so?
> > guess
> Well, I only have 180; but I enjoy the hunt. I spent an hour in the
basement of an old bookstore recently, and came away with a 1934 67.1. It
was great fun. I suppose we could get to 800 in a hurry if we wanted to for
the sake of having 800...
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