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Dickens's Great Expectations: Misnar's Pavilion Versus Cinderella - FIRST EDITION -

Meckier, Jerome

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ISBN 10: 0813122287 / ISBN 13: 9780813122281
Published by The University Press of Kentucky, 2002
Condition: As New Hardcover
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FIRST Edition. A FLAWLESS volume in same condition Dust Jacket. Author is past president of The Dickens Society. A scholarly text. 276 pages. FIRST Edition. Mylar protected jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 000568

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Title: Dickens's Great Expectations: Misnar's ...

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Dickens scholar Jerome Meckier's acclaimed Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction examined fierce literary competition between leading novelists who tried to establish their credentials as realists by rewriting Dickens's novels. Here, Meckier argues that in Great Expectations, Dickens not only updated David Copperfield but also rewrote novels by Lever, Thackeray, Collins, Shelley, and Charlotte and Emily Brontë. He periodically revised his competitors' themes, characters, and incidents to discredit their novels as unrealistic fairy tales imbued with Cinderella motifs. Dickens darkened his fairy tale perspective by replacing Cinderella with the story of Misnar's collapsible pavilion from The Tales of the Genii (a popular, pseudo-oriental collection). The Misnar analogue supplied a corrective for the era's Cinderella complex, a warning to both Haves and Have-nots, and a basis for Dickens's tragicomic view of the world.

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Jerome Meckier, professor of English at the University of Kentucky and past president of The Dickens Society, is the author of several books, including Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction and Innocent Abroad. Dickens's Great Expectations completes an informal trilogy.

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