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Dark and Deathless rabble of Long Shadows: Peake, Dickens, Tolkien, and ‘this dark hive called London’

Hadas Elber -Aviram
  • University College London
Published Online: 2015-04-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peakest-2015-0002


Examines Dickens's influence on Mervyn Peake, taking in their respective writing styles, artistic convictions, thematic explorations of class, and representations of the city. Uses J.R.R.Tolkien to tease out affiliations between Peake and Dickens by way of contrast with a third figure. Suggests that Peake forged a vital link between Dickensian fiction and a new generation of urban fantasy authors.

Published Online: 2015-04-18

Published in Print: 2015-04-01

Citation Information: Peake Studies. Volume 14, Issue 2, Pages 6–32, ISSN (Online) 2296-6404, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peakest-2015-0002, April 2015

© by Hadas Elber -Aviram. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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