- Caleb Williams by William Godwin
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
- Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
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The man behind the great Dickens and Dostoevsky hoax. When writer AD Harvey invented an 1862 meeting between Dickens and Dostoevsky, it was for years accepted as fact. So why did he do it – and why did he also create a series of fake academic identities? Stephen Moss with a portrait at The Guardian.
Regelmäßige Krimi-Depeschen-Leser werden diese Gedanken bekannt vorkommen: Schon am 5. Juni zog Hannes Stein in seinem Beitrag So schlau ist der neue Schund von Stephen King bei der Welt Parallelen zwischen Stephen King und Charles Dickens. Dort steht:
Erfreuen wir uns daran, dass sich Kritikerinnen und Kritiker gegenseitig so inspirieren. Mehr von dieser befruchtenden “Zusammenarbeit” gibt es in Frau Stoltenbergs “Rezension” zu Stephen Kings neustem Roman Joyland, zu lesen beim Norddeutschen Rundfunk.
Wer also ist Stephanie Harvey, was hat es mit der mysteriösen Zeitschriftenquelle Vedomosti Akademii Nauk Kazakskoi SSR: Institut Istorii, Filologii i Filosofii vol.45 (Alma Ata 1987), pp.49–55 at 53–4 auf sich und wie leichtgläubig sind Literaturwissenschaftler?
Dies und mehr in der wunderbaren Geschichte, zu lesen bei The Times Literary Supplement.
Review | ‘Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens’ by Robert Gottlieb, rev. by Michael Dirda
»Even if you haven’t read any Dickens since high school, when you waded through the sentences and beheadings of A Tale of Two Cities, Gottlieb’s book is one you might want to try. Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens makes clear that not even the most prodigious creator of fictional characters since Shakespeare could always be understanding or sympathetic to the people closest to him.«
Review | ‘Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens’ by Robert Gottlieb, rev. by Hillary Kelly
»Robert Gottlieb’s Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens takes quick, bite-sized looks at the author’s 10 children, dividing each life into a “before” and “after” section, with their father’s death as the line of demarcation. Such a structure evinces the book’s prominent — if misguided — theme that Dickens was far more central to his children’s lives than they were to his.«
Hillary Kelly on Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens by Robert Gottlieb. Her review at Los Angeles Review of Books.
»There are no simple answers to the mystery of Charles Dickens; he remains richly and eternally unfathomable.«
»Those foot-soldier readers who successfully march through all of Dickens’s fiction may wind up feeling like David at his journey’s end, with shoes in a woeful condition (“the upper leathers had broken and burst until the very shape and form of shoes had departed from them”) and skin powdered “white with chalk and dust, as if I had come out of a limekiln.” Reading projects of this old-fashioned sort are the equivalent of a long pilgrimage on foot.«
Amazon gets down and Dickensian with serialised stories for Kindle | Online retailer takes a leaf out of Charles Dickens’ book by publishing fiction ranging from romance to crime in instalments. Alison Flood reports at guardian.co.uk.