1. As one of the non-academics (how many of us were there?) taking part in the ATOTC serial reading project, I’d say it did affect my reading of Dickens – which had already been influenced by my work as a volunteer for the DJO project as a proofreader/text correcter. As it happens, earlier this year I read, for the first time, Nicholas Nickleby, a novel I found much more enjoyable than ATOTC – maybe because of the sheer exuberant untidiness of the young Dickens. But what I kept thinking about what was where the breaks in the serialisation of the novel might be (the edition I was reading did not indicate them, though some editions do) and how CD set himself plot problems that he then had to somehow overcome as he seemed to improvise his way to a conclusion

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