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CHARLES DICKENS

Michael Slater

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ISBN 10: 0300112076 / ISBN 13: 9780300112078
Published by Yale University Press, 2009
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Drawing on a lifetime¿s impassioned study of this prodigiously brilliant figure, Michael Slater¿s CHARLES DICKENS explores the author¿s personal and emotional life, the high-profile public activities, the tireless traveling, the tremendous grind of charitable work, the amateur theatricals and the glittering second career as public reader of his own work But Slater¿s main focus is always on Dickens¿s career as writer and editor, involving not only the novels but also his enormous output of other writing¿letters, journalism, shorter fiction, essays, satirical verses, writings for children, travel books, and so on¿as well as the celebrated after-dinner speeches and the scripts prepared for his readings. Slater¿s account, rooted in deep research, but written with warmth, clarity, and economy¸ illuminates the context of each of the great novels, while locating the life of the author within the imagination and the concerns that created them. Richly illustrated with many unfamiliar images, this masterly work on the complete Dickens, man and writer, becomes the indispensable guide and companion to one of the greatest novelists of all time. With thirty-two pages of black-and-white photographs. 634 pp, with Index. As new, unread, first edition, first printing, in fine, mylar-protected dust jacket *Packed carefully and shipped in a box to insure arrive in the best condition.{Not remainder-marked or price-clipped} A101. Bookseller Inventory # 023167

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Title: CHARLES DICKENS

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.

About the Author:

Michael Slater is Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck, past President of the International Dickens Fellowship, and former editor of its journal, The Dickensian. He served for many years as a Trustee of the Charles Dickens Museum, including several periods as Chairman. He lives in London.

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