The Gospel in Dickens
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April 13, 2009


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It's an interesting idea, and there's likely some truth to it: The way we read authors of the past is really a reflection of the present. Scott Peeples wrote a whole book on how Poe's following has changed over the years called "The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe" (I haven't read it yet, but I've heard the author speak on it).

Sounds interesting. C. S. Lewis writes about this tendency, too, in "An Experiment in Criticism." Excellent book.

By the way, here's another good article on Austen and Dickens.

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