This long-awaited biography, twenty years after the last major account, uncovers Dickens the man through the profession in which he excelled. Drawing on a lifetime’s study of this prodigiously brilliant figure, Michael Slater explores the personal and emotional life, the high-profile public activities, the relentless travel, the charitable works, the amateur theatricals and the astonishing productivity. But the core focus is Dickens’ career as a writer and professional author, covering not only his big novels but also his phenomenal output of other writing--letters, journalism, shorter fiction, plays, verses, essays, writings for children, travel books, speeches, and scripts for his public readings, and the relationships among them.
Slater’s account, rooted in deep research but written with affection, clarity, and economy, illuminates the context of each of the great novels while locating the life of the author within the imagination that created them. It highlights Dickens’ boundless energy, his passion for order and fascination with disorder, his organizational genius, his deep concern for the poor and outrage at indifference towards them, his susceptibility towards young women, his love of Christmas and fairy tales, and his hatred of tyranny.
Richly and precisely illustrated with many rare images, this masterly work on the complete Dickens, man and writer, becomes the indispensable guide and companion to one of the greatest novelists in the language.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - knightlight777 - LibraryThing
An extensive biography of this most famous author I found a bit dry and academic at times. Dicken's certainly was fortunate that his success came relatively early as an author and the sheer volume he ... Read full review
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An indispensible biography of Charles Dickens. Aptly subtitled, "A Life Defined By Writing" -- this biography focuses on Dickens' writing, not just his novels but also his short stories, journalism ... Read full review
17 Writing Little Dorrit among other things 18551857
performing The Frozen Deep and finishing Little Dorrit 1857
19 Writing off a marriage 18571858
the public readings 1858
writing for All the Year Round 18591861
22 Christmas numbers public readings and uncommercial travels 18611863
writing Our Mutual Friend 18641865
24 Last Christmas numbers 18651867
England Italy England 18421845
daily nooses and the noose itself 1846
11 Dombey and other dealings 18461848
12 From Dombey to Copperfield 18481849
writing David Copperfield and beginning Household Words 18491850
14 The year of the Guild 18501851
15 Writing Bleak House 18521853
16 Writing For These Times 18531854