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Claire Tomalin
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Charles Dickens: A Life

Claire Tomalin



Biography: literary


576 pages

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Charles Dickens was a phenomenon- a demonically hardworking journalist, the father of ten children, a tireless walker and traveller, a supporter of liberal social causes, but most of all a great novelist - the creator of characters who live immortally in the English imagination- the Artful Dodger, Mr Pickwick, Pip, David Copperfield, Little Nell, Lady Dedlock, and many more.

Claire Tomalin, author of Whitbread Book of the Year Samuel Pepys, paints an unforgettable portrait of Dickens, capturing brilliantly the complex character of this great genius. Charles Dickens- A Life is the examination of Dickens we deserve.

'Cracks along like a postillion powered by lightning and is by far the most humane and imaginatively sympathetic account yet for the general reader' Amanda Craig, New Statesman, Books of the Year 'Thanks to the panache of its narrative and the bite of its insight, Tomalin's biography strips the cobwebs and the kitsch from the spellbinder. She has captured Dickens, in sun and shadow, with all the full-hearted exuberance, generosity and keen wit that he merits' Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'Written with immense knowledge and literary poise, it presents a portrait of the novelist unrivalled in its complex humanity. Dickens lives and breathes in these pages. Engrossing' William Boyd, Guardian, Books of the Year 'Tomalin brings this energetic, complicated, life-affirming,monstrous man so vividly to life that, when he drops dead, it is like a light going out' Jeremy Paxman, Country Life 'You read Tomalin's Dickens with a mounting sense of amazement (and sometimes horror), the small things taking a hold of you as much as the large. It is wonderful. A page-turner' Rachel Cooke, Observer 'Powerful and remarkable. It is a celebration of a great genius. No question- you put Tomalin's book down knowing that you have met a living author' Miriam Margolyes, The Times

By:   Claire Tomalin
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   473g
ISBN:   9780141036939
ISBN 10:   0141036931
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   July 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Claire Tomalin was born in London in 1933. She has worked in publishing and journalism all her life, becoming literary editor first of the New Statesman and then of the Sunday Times, which she left in 1986. She is the author of, among other books: The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft; Shelley and His World Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life; The Invisible Woman and the extraordinarily successful biography of Samuel Pepys. Other books written for Penguin are: Jane Austen: A Life and a collection of memoirs entitled Several Strangers.

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