Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens: A Life

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 21/06/2012
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Synopsis

Charles Dickens is the acclaimed definitive biography by bestselling author Claire Tomalin Charles Dickens was a phenomenon: a demonicly hardworking journalist, the father of ten children, a tireless walker and traveller, a supporter of liberal social causes, but most of all a great novelist - the creator of characters who live immortally in the English imagination: the Artful Dodger, Mr Pickwick, Pip, David Copperfield, Little Nell, Lady Dedlock, and many more.At the age of twelve he was sent to work in a blacking factory by his affectionate but feckless parents. From these unpromising beginnings, he rose to scale all the social and literary heights, entirely through his own efforts. When he died, the world mourned, and he was buried - against his wishes - in Westminster Abbey.Yet the brilliance concealed a divided character: a republican, he disliked America; sentimental about the family in his writings, he took up passionately with a young actress; usually generous, he cut off his impecunious children. From the award-winning author of Samuel Pepys, Charles Dickens: A Life paints an unforgettable portrait of Dickens, capturing brilliantly the complex character of this great genius. If you loved Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol, this book is invaluable reading.'By far the most humane and imaginatively sympathetic account yet for the general reader' Amanda Craig, New Statesman

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141036939
  • Number of pages: 608
  • Weight: 513g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 37 mm

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Charles Dickens - A Life
Fantastic, really thoroughly researched, beautifully written and I found myself liking, admiring, loving, hating, and eventually - due to the details and r... READ MORE
Sally Rayfield