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You know what Dickens and Shakespeare have in common, besides both being English? That their work can no longer be understood without the help of erudite commentators to explain and clarify both their ouevre and their period. Take OLIVER TWIST, for instance; the fact that this harsh satire of the laws and society of 1837 is now widely regarded as a children's book, not much different from ALICE IN WONDERLAND, shows unequivocally how poorly Dickens is understood today. So here is my question: is there an annotated edition of the works of Dickens, just as there are annotated editions of WS? Because if there is none, there definitely should be one--preferably one abundantly illustrated with stills from the many films and TV and stage productions that the creations of CD have inspired.
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