Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist

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Harvard University Press, Feb 17, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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This provocative biography tells the story of how an ambitious young Londoner became England’s greatest novelist. Focused on the 1830s, it portrays a restless, uncertain Dickens who could not decide on a career path. Through twists and turns, the author traces a double transformation: in reinventing himself Dickens reinvented the form of the novel.

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Review: Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist

User Review  - Danny Daley - Goodreads

A fascinating biography about the formative years for Charles Dickens, when he used his own past as a motivator to reinvent himself as a person and to turn him into the writer he would become. The ... Read full review

Review: Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist

User Review  - Kathleen - Goodreads

I sometimes wonder what remains to be said about Charles Dickens that hasn't been said before. I picked up this book fearing that it might represent a mere grasping at straws on the part of an ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is professor of English literature and a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. His books include Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist and The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland.

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