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Shakspeare and Newgate

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Authors Charles Dickens
Richard H. Horne
Genres Prose: Essay i
Prose: Leading Article i
Subject Theatre; Performing Arts; Performing; Dance; Playwriting; Circus
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Printed : 4/10/1851
Journal : Household Words
Volume : Volume IV
Magazine : No. 80
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MemoSamuel Phelps and Sadler's Wells.
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Dickens probably wrote the following portion of 'Shakspeare and Newgate': from the beginning to 'all possible audiences' (p. 25).
Dickens may also have written or extensively rewritten much of the following section: from 'Seven or eight years' (p. 25) to 'listening constables' (p. 26).
The idea propounded in the opening of this essay - that art can help make life bearable, and that the alternative to this saving grace is violence and depravity - was a notion that Dickens held to be profoundly true and that he wove into many of his writings.

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

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