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Monday, December 19, 2005

'Tis the Season for Reading Dickens

When John Irving is asked who among his favorite writers most influenced him, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Charles Dickens are usually mentioned. Especially Charles Dickens. Irving points out the writer's sympathy for children and their vulnerability as well as strength of character. "I realize the power of his characters over me even today."

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.

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