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May 18, 2009


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Gina, I have done a good bit of research on the relationship between Dickens and Collins, and I believe that Dan Simmons understands their dynamic pretty well. It is fairly common knowledge that Dickens tried to edit Collins' work to conform more with his 'Dickensian' style; but Collins was pretty effective at maintaining his authorial prerogative. Personally, I find their writing styles to be about as different as night and day; and couldn't imagine one trying to change the other and being successful. Finally, I think your reference to Mozart and Salieri is a good one - it probably was a bit of a love/hate relationship (Wilkie's addiction to laudanum probably 'clouded' his perceptions in any event). I really enjoyed the book, and look forward to seeing what your overall impressions will be

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