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Authors Charles Dickens
Henry Morley
Genres Prose: Essay i
Prose: Leading Article i
Subjects Literature; Writing; Authorship; Reading; Books; Poetry; Storytelling; Letter Writing
Newspapers; Periodicals; Journalism
Other Details
Printed : 16/4/1853
Journal : Household Words
Volume : Volume VII
Magazine : No. 160
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Dickens probably wrote the following portions of 'H. W.': from the beginning to 'undergone or seen' (p. 146); from 'The copies' (p. 149) to the conclusion.
Dickens seems also to have added touches to passages primarily by Morley. For example, Dickens probably interpolated such sentences as the following: the sentence beginning 'H. W. is in this form' (p. 147); the sentence beginning 'In other respects' (p. 147).
The latter sentence is built up of imagery from the melodrama The Miller and His Men (1813) by Isaac Pocock (1782-1835). The Miller and His Men captured Dickens' imagination in his boyhood and early teens when he helped stage the play in elaborate toy-theatre productions. The play is the source of scores of allusions in Dickens' writings.

Harry Stone; © Bloomington and Indiana University Press, 1968. DJO gratefully acknowledges permission to reproduce this material.

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