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    The Story of Little Dombey and Other Performance Fictions (Broadview Anthology of British Literature) (Paperback) By (author) Charles Dickens, Edited by Joseph Black Et Al

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    DescriptionIt is widely known that Charles Dickens gave public readings of his works, and that those readings were enormously popular. Far less well known are the stories themselves; these were not, as is the modern fashion, taken verbatim from the published novels. Instead, Dickens trimmed, reworded, and re-shaped material from the novels to create stories that would be self-contained artistic entities. These concise "performance fictions," shaped in every way to be accessible to a broad audience, are in many ways an ideal introduction to Dickensâ??s work for the modern reader.Four of the most successful of these short works have been selected for this volume, including "The Story of Little Dombey" (perhaps the most emotionally affecting of all the readings, and described by Dickens as his â??greatest triumph everywhereâ?) and the violent and suspenseful "Sikes and Nancy" (Dickens's overpowering performances of which were said to have contributed to his death). Provided in the contextual materials is a selection of reviews and contemporary descriptions that comment on Dicken's manner of performance and audience reception. A brief excerpt from Dombey and Son is also included, illustrating the extensive revision process that led to "The Story of Little Dombey."

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    The Story of Little Dombey and Other Performance Fictions
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Dickens, Edited by Joseph Black Et Al
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 131
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9781554811649
    ISBN 10: 1554811643

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC E4L: SST
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC21: 823.8
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 02
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FB, FYB
    Broadview Press Ltd
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    Broadview Press Ltd
    Publication date
    30 April 2013
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    "This outstanding collection of Dickens's public readings includes a helpful introduction, which very usefully places his performance fictions in the context of his personal life and literary career. The introduction and contextual documents contain illuminating material about Dickens's process of editing and revising his novels for his public readings. Of particular interest are the contemporary reviews and descriptions of Dickens's performances, which give readers an exceptional illustration of Dickens as performer."--Sarah Alexander, University of Vermont