Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens was a phenomenon: a hardworking journalist, the father of ten children, a tireless walker and traveller, a supporter of liberal social causes, and a great novelist. This book paints a fresh portrait of Dickens, capturing the complex character of this great genius.
Charles Dickens truly was a phenomenon: hardworking journalist, father of ten children, tireless walker and traveller, supporter of liberal social causes, but most of all one of the greatest novelists that ever lived.

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.

Claire Tomalin, author of Whitbread Book of the Year "Samuel Pepys", paints an insightful portrait of Dickens, capturing brilliantly the complex character of this great genius. "Charles Dickens: A Life" is the examination of Dickens we deserve.
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Weight 0.488000
Author Claire Tomalin
Availability IP
Department Biography
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780141036939
Pages 576
Published 21/06/2012
Publisher Viking
Section Biography
Size Unfolded 24x16cm
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