Pastiche, Not a Homage. "The Lamplighter" by Anthony O'Neill. [review]
"The Lamplighter" certainly has the look and feel of a nineteenth-century novel, but could it really be read as one? In preparing this review, I reread "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (1886). What strikes the reader almost immediately is the lack of incidental detail and background explanation compared with O'Neill's painstaking re-creation of the same time and place. The modern reader might take for granted the once novel idea of divided consciousness and the corrosive effects of drugs that Stevenson's original readers found so new and exciting.