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This learn of Dickens's profession as a qualified author makes use of a number of fabric to explain and learn the ways that his paintings will be visible as a sort of literary creation. It hence bargains a problem to standard debts which rigidity the personal nature of Dickens's genius. Smith makes a speciality of the communal nature of Dickens's fulfillment in his struggles with publishers, the expectancies of an unlimited public, and the calls for of serialization.

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And he was a passionate advocate of International Copyright to the extent of virtually ruining his first trip to America by speaking out against its absence publicly despite the storm of protest this generated in the popular press. The lack of copyright laws was sometimes defended by supporters of the purity of literature who claimed that it was sullied by being associated with money-making and writers who lacked the 'well-balanced mind and the delicate perceptions ofa gentleman' (Pilgrim ill, n.

Dickens had intended to make Miss Mowcher a kind of pimp, assisting Steerforth in his seduction of girls, and he regretted having involved a real person in such a fictional portrait. However, his reply to her solicitor's request that immediate changes be made in the character shows that for Dickens the novel very much came first: I must beg you to understand thatit [the changes] can only be made, in the natural progress and current of the story. Even if the next number were not already in the Press, it would be impossible to be made there, because the character is not introduced, and the course of the tale is not at all in that direction.

This is what cooks call "the stock of the soup". All kinds of things will be added to it, of course' (Pilgrim IV, 590). It is well established that Dombey was the novel which saw the beginning of a new kind of attention to detail in the planning and preparation of his works' overall structure and thematic coherence which Dickens was to follow for the rest of his career. What this letter reveals is that he had worked out an aesthetic for the unification of fictions that were to be written serially.

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