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Number of Pages: 576
Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc.
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)|
Availability: Available to ship on or about 12/28/13.
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Award-winning author Claire Tomalin sets the standard for sophisticated and popular biography, having written lives of Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Hardy, among others. Here she tackles the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth-century England, Charles Dickens; a literary leviathan whose own difficult path to greatness inspired the creation of classic novels such as Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Hard Times.
From his sensational public appearances to the obsessive love affair that led him to betray, deceive, and break with those closest to him, Charles Dickens: A Life is a triumph of the biographers craft, a comedy that turns to tragedy in a story worthy of Dickens own pen.
--THE WASHINGTON POST
"Enormously ambitious... admirable... warmly sympathetic and often eloquent."
--Joyce Carol Oates, THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOK
"Clear-eyed, sympathetic and scholarly, she spreads the whole canvas, alive with incident and detail, with places and people. She writes of publishers, illustrators, collaborators and all Dickenss intersecting circles of friends and family. It is wonderfully done."
"[A] splendid history… Tomalin skillfully presents the chief trauma of Dickens' young life being sent to work in a factory at age 12, after his father was imprisoned for debt and suggests the ways it left a lasting mark, from his sympathy for the working class to his towering ambition and herculean work ethic."
"[O]nward-driving, hypnotically vivid… the result of Claire Tomalin's unrivalled talent for telling a story and keeping a reader enthralled: long as the book is, I wanted more."
--THE GUARDIAN (UK)
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