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‘A FRESH LOOK FOR OLD PUPPETS’: MARCUS STONE, CHARLES DICKENS, AND AUTHORSHIP

Jasper Schelstraete

in English: Journal of the English Association

Volume 61, issue 232, pages 51-63
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 0013-8215
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 1756-1124 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/english/efs011
‘A FRESH LOOK FOR OLD PUPPETS’: MARCUS STONE, CHARLES DICKENS, AND AUTHORSHIP

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Marcus Stone's engagement to illustrate Our Mutual Friend has been all but forgotten. This neglect is unmerited, because the appointment of Stone signalled the definitive and remarkable professional rift between ‘Phiz’ and ‘Boz’, and Dickens's choice of Stone as a replacement is important in light of the novelist's authorial self-positioning during the latter years of his career. On the one hand, Dickens valued the fact that the young, impressionable Stone would not challenge his authority over his text; but on the other hand, Dickens was trying to get in on the new trend in illustration. Dickens remained acutely aware of the unassailable position of public taste, and always sought to conform to it. The publishing industry, in Dickens's view, should be wholly subservient to the author, while the author, for his part, must cater to the public.

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Postcolonial Literature) ; Literary Studies (American) ; Literary Studies (British and Irish)

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