Charles Dickens : a life

by Tomalin, Claire.

Format: Print Book 2011
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The tumultuous life of England's greatest novelist, beautifully rendered by unparalleled literary biographer Claire Tomalin.

When Charles Dickens died in 1870, The Times of London successfully campaigned for his burial in Westminster Abbey, the final resting place of England's kings and heroes. Thousands flocked to mourn the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth-century England. His books had made them laugh, shown them the squalor and greed of English life, and also the power of personal virtue and the strength of ordinary people. In his last years Dickens drew adoring crowds to his public appearances, had met presidents and princes, and had amassed a fortune.

Like a hero from his novels, Dickens trod a hard path to greatness. Born into a modest middle-class family, his young life was overturned when his profligate father was sent to debtors' prison and Dickens was forced into harsh and humiliating factory work. Yet through these early setbacks he developed his remarkable eye for all that was absurd, tragic, and redemptive in London life. He set out to succeed, and with extraordinary speed and energy made himself into the greatest English novelist of the century.

Years later Dickens's daughter wrote to the author George Bernard Shaw, "If you could make the public understand that my father was not a joyous, jocose gentleman walking about the world with a plum pudding and a bowl of punch, you would greatly oblige me." Seen as the public champion of household harmony, Dickens tore his own life apart, betraying, deceiving, and breaking with friends and family while he pursued an obsessive love affair.

Charles Dickens: A Life gives full measure to Dickens's heroic stature-his huge virtues both as a writer and as a human being- while observing his failings in both respects with an unblinking eye. Renowned literary biographer Claire Tomalin crafts a story worthy of Dickens's own pen, a comedy that turns to tragedy as the very qualities that made him great-his indomitable energy, boldness, imagination, and showmanship-finally destroyed him. The man who emerges is one of extraordinary contradictions, whose vices and virtues were intertwined as surely as his life and his art.

The inimitable
The sins of the fathers
A London education
Becoming Boz
The journalist
Four publishers and a wedding
'Till death do us part'
Blackguards and brigands
Killing Nell
Conquering America
Travels, dreams and visions
Dombey, with interruptions
A home
A personal history
Fathers and sons
Children at work
Little Dorrit and friends
Wayward and unsettled
Stormy weather
Secrets, mysteries and lies
The Bebelle life
Wise daughters
The Chief
'Things look like work again'
Pickswick, Pecknicks, Pickwicks
The remembrance of my friends.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Tomalin's book competes with Michael Slater's authoritative, scholarly Charles Dickens (2009) in the run-up to Dickens' bicentenary in 2012. Her lively narrative of the familiar story, closely following the chronology of Dickens' letters, offers no new material and incorporates many pages from her previous work on Dickens' secret young mistress, Ellen Ternan, who broke up his marriage to Catherine Hogarth (mother of his 10 children) and bore him a child who died in infancy. Dickens' grim childhood experience of working in a shoe-blacking factory and spending humiliating time with his father in debtors' prison gave him a lifelong compassion for victims. Tomalin shows how the progressive crusader helped reform schools, child labor, slum housing, public health, law courts, prisons, parliament, and international copyright, all the while opposing American slavery, capital punishment, and the Crimean War. Her analyses of the novels, which are irradiated with anger and dark humor, are brief and perceptive. Dickens appears as a man of vivacity and wit, of inexhaustible energy and demonic productivity, whose strength of will became the agent of his own destruction. --Meyers, Jeffrey Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Tomalin's sprawling biography of one of history's most revered literary figures-with its dizzying cast of characters and mixture of literary criticism, detailed historical record keeping, psychological insight, and human drama-would present a challenge to any audiobook narrator. Thankfully Alex Jennings is more than up to the task, successfully rendering the complicated inner struggles that shaped the temperament and life of Charles Dickens. Jennings also provides spot-on dialects and accents, particularly in sections of the book that detail Dickens's travels to the United States and dealings with his American contemporaries. Keeping pace with this audio edition requires active listening, but Jennings's narration is more than rewarding. A Penguin hardcover. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Dickens, Charles, -- 1812-1870.
Authors, English -- 19th century -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Penguin Press,2011
Language English
Description xlvii, 527 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [489]-492) and index.
ISBN 9781594203091
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