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Dickens: Public Life and Private Passion

Ackroyd, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0563534737 / ISBN 13: 9780563534730
Published by BBC Books, 2002
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Both the book and dust jacket are in excellent, fine condition. Unmarked. Appears unread / barely read. Dust jacket not price clipped [£16.99]. The dust jacket is supplied by us in a loose protective clear archival film sleeve. This does not adhere to the book or jacket in any way and it protects the jacket against wear. pp. 160. Size: 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 303758

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Title: Dickens: Public Life and Private Passion

Publisher: BBC Books

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Book Type: Book

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Charles Dickens's life is a story of rags to riches, complete with bankruptcy, prison, forced child labour, and fame and fortune overshadowed by guilt and secrecy - rather like the plot of one of his novels. Indeed, Dickens drew strongly on his own experiences as the source for much of his fiction. Here the author offers a fresh view of Dickens's remarkable life story. Dickens's novels brim with references: they are located in the places he lived in and visited, peopled with characters he knew, and inspired by the preoccupations that haunted his mind. Ackroyd highlights the reality of Victorian life, warts and all, and the issues that sparked Dickens's fervent calls for social reform; and he also charts the influential landmarks of that era, such as the coming of the railways, the effects upon society of the industrial revolution and the expansion of the British Empire. Dickens was a complex personality. He apparently had everything - fame, success, wealth - but he died harbouring the great sadness he had carried with him all his life, and he was humble enough to forbid a grand funeral. Like many eminent Victorians, he led a double life. Although he insisted that nothing in the newspapers he edited should offend his middle-class readers, he regularly indulged in dubious night-time escapades with fellow-author Wilkie Collins and, for the final 13 years of his life, kept a secret mistress, Ellen Ternan.

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“Ackroyd’s magnificent biography sets the seal on Dickens’ acknowledged supremacy in the English novel... I can do no more than praise, recommend, insist that you buy and read this book... it supersedes all other Dickens biographies.” – Anthony Burgess, Independent

“I couldn’t stop reading it; it’s absolutely marvellous... This is an absolutely essential book for anyone who has ever loved or read Dickens.” – P.D. James

“A breathtaking feat of scholarship.” – The Times

“As scholarly as it is imaginative... fully worthy of its subject.” – John Gross, Sunday Telegraph

“The best biography of Charles Dickens which I have ever read... a thoroughly professional job... Ackroyd soars above his predecessors in Dickens-study.” – Robert Nye, Scotsman

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