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Unformatted text preview: 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.lover of energy, Dickens also found the vivacity, the dynamic projection of the stage irresistible....
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- Oliver Twist, Old Curiosity Shop, highly dramatic readings, eminently sociable Dickens., child. Mary Hogarth