'Tis the Season for Reading Dickens
John Irving is often cited by critics and fans as a modern day Dickens. Irving admits to some similarities. "Dickens had a tendency to overwrite. I'm an overwriter like Dickens." When critics complain about Irving's books being too long, Irving responds, "Just think of how I feel!"
Whether you're in the mood for Dickens, Hawthorne, Irving or anyone else, have a happy holiday season and a writefully good new year.