Charles Dickens and John Irving are authors who have similar styles. Both of them write stories that teem with detail and description, whether the works are short or long. The vivid descriptions that both authors use make their stories classics with the readers who love their works.
John Irving, whose career covers the last four decades of the 20th century and continues into the 21st, was inspired by reading the works of Charles Dickens to develop an obsession with details. Dickens' thick tomes like "Great Expectations," "Pickwick Papers" and "A Tale of Two Cities" not only bulge with imagery, but also contain so many lengthy sentences that they inspired a rumor that his publishers compensated him by the word. Irving picked up "Great Expectations" at the age of 14 and was hooked within two pages.
John Irving's novels, such as "A Prayer for Owen Meany," "The Cider House Rules" and "The World According to Garp," may not have quite as many periodic sentences as Dickens' works, but many of the other elements of Dickens' writing appear. Irvin's novels have complex plots that wind up in baffling coincidence, people dying in order to contribute to the good of society and moral dilemmas that the author handles with a heavy tone.