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This is a vast subject; entire books have been written on the subject of coincidence in fiction. So I’ll attempt a very brief survey. Were coincidence plots popular? Charles Dickens was the most popular novelist in English in the mid-19th century, and his novels are full of coincidences. In his introduction to the 2002 Penguin edition of Oliver Twist (1837–...


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It's difficult to try and judge a reception of a novel that's nearly 100 years old. Especially as reviews seem to be 'nicer' in those days than some of the scathing remarks you see in the present day. However, there is a review of the book from the Guardian in 1924 : We have had novels about India from the British point of view and from the native point ...


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In literary reviews, the novel was usually praised, and reviewers accepted the conceit of changing gender. I'll bold the portions of the following excerpts that mention sex. The English Journal volume 18, number 3, March 1929, features in its regular section "In Brief Review" the following paragraph-long review of Orlando: Biography in form and fiction ...


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Shakespeare scholars use various criteria when discussing the popularity of specific Shakespeare plays. They do this mainly to increase understanding of how the reception of a specific play evolved over time, which does not only involve quantifiable criteria such as number of reprints and productions (or performances), but also non-quantifiable criteria ...


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When literature people talk about reception of a work, how do they measure this, how do they compare receptions of different work? Typically literary scholars look at all of the published reviews to get one documented form of "reception." In the 18th-20th centuries, the number of periodicals specializing in reviews was enormous, giving a good gauge of the ...


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Because Levin appears first. Levin/Lyovin is the main character of the novel: it is not just about Anna and Vronsky! See LitCharts, for example: Levin, the other main protagonist of the novel (besides Anna)… Screenwriting guru Michael Hauge in his article on romcom structure pointed out (it seems it’s not on the web anymore, Russian translation is here): ...


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It should be remembered that not only did most Victorians believe in the hand of God or Providence acting in everyday life but authors of the time were steeped in Classical Culture where Fate was considered to govern human lives and affairs. While it is fair to say that, to put it mildly, coincidence was often a convenient plot device for 19th-century ...


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