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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 23 Jan 1995 10:52:05 -0800
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Fellow readers of Dickens...

        Let me alert you to a fresh and engaging look at DAVID
COPPERFIELD's Agnes Wickfield in yesterday's (1/22)issue of the
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.  It is entitled "The `Legless Angel'
of `David Copperfield': There's More to Her than Victorian Piety,"
and it is written by Peter Gay, the distinguished social historian
who has been subjecting THE [VICTORIANS'] BOURGEOIS EXPERIENCE to
a deep and searching re-appraisal.

        Gay writes out of his long experience of the novel, which
he first read in German (!) when he was thirteen.  He fell in love
with her then, and he loves her now.  He knows what a bad press
Agnes has had, but his reasons for admiring her are cogent.

Patrick McCarthy