Dickens and Women

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9780804711807: Dickens and Women

This brilliant, classic and scholarly study provides the fullest treatment of a key subject. It is one of the essential works on Dickens's work and life. A substantial new introduction deals with more recent commentary. Dickens's treatment of women is a central aspect of his artistic achievement. Professor Slater examines the novelist's experience of women – as son, brother, lover, husband, and father, and as it affected the deepest emotional currents in his life. His perception of female nature and his conception of women's role in the home and outside it – and the ways in which these found expression in his art - are pivotal topics. Professor Slater has sifted the mass of legends and doubtful traditions about Dickens's private life to present a close examination of his relations with women, and of his views of woman's nature and the womanly ideal. This work offers the most detailed survey of women in the novels, and the most comprehensive attempted. It has been acclaimed internationally.

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Michael Slater is Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, past President of the International Dickens Fellowship and of the Dickens Society of America, and former editor of ‘The Dickensian'.

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"Dickens's history with Catherine [Hogarth] is only one of the relationships with women that define his private history and his emotional trajectory. And indeed, in... Dickens and Women, Michael Slater brilliantly anatomized these relationships, providing us with one of the most perceptive takes we have on Dickens's psychology and pathology―not too strong a word." (Robert Gottlieb The New York Review of Books)

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