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Oliver Twist was followed in 1839 by Nicholas Nickleby

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Oliver Twist  was followed in 1839 by  Nicholas Nickleby.  This, Dickens' third novel, illustrates the  continuing influence of theater on Dickens' approach to fiction. Individual scenes — usually of only  minor importance — seem intended more for the stage than for the page and are so vivid and  energetic that they often "steal the show," disrupting the unity of the book. Many of his other novels  show the same tendency, and, in fact, Dickens created stage versions of several of his books and  stories; these were usually quite popular and financially successful. As well as remaining an  inveterate theatergoer, Dickens continued all his life to stage private theatricals, usually at Gad's Hill  Place, for family and friends. A social art, theater appealed to the eminently sociable Dickens. A  lover of energy, Dickens also found the vivacity, the dynamic projection of the stage irresistible.
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