Literary Precedents for Quicker Than the Eye

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Bradbury has always been explicit about the authors who have influenced him. Except for G. K. Chesterton and Bernard Shaw, whom Bradbury has repeatedly named and celebrated as the authors with whom he most wishes to be associated, Quicker Than the Eye names virtually every one of the authors he admires. In Quicker Than the Eye four or five stories mention most of these writers. "Unterderseaboat" has an obvious and great debt to Jules Verne's TwentyThousand Leagues Under the Sea. "Another Fine Mess" has a "virtual" debt to the reified comedic personalities of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. "The Finnegan" remembers Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes of the detective stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. "Quicker Than the Eye" insinuates the pickpocket motif of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist (1838); "Dorian in Excelsus" is a marvelous rewriting of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. In fact, there is...

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