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October 06, 2021

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People always ask me which is my favorite among my novels. Sometimes I say "Great Expectations." Leavis likes "Hard Times." Trilling recommends "Bleak House," "Little Dorrit," and "Our Mutual Friend." In high school you can't do much better than "A Tale of Two Cities." For mystery buffs, "The Mysery of Edwin Drood" takes the prize. "Pickwick Papers" wins most readers' affectiosn, yet there are those who favor "Nicholas Nickleby." Even "The Old Curiosity Shop" gets votes.

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