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Author Slater, Michael.

Title Charles Dickens : [a life defined by writing] / Michael Slater.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2009]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Freeport PL Adult Biography - FPLY-13  B DICKENS CHARLES    AVAILABLE
 Geneseo PL Stacks - GPLG-7  921 DI    AVAILABLE
 Ida PL Adult Biography - IPLY-11  B DICKENS    AVAILABLE
 Kankakee PL Third Floor - KKBB-2  B DICKENS    AVAILABLE
 Mokena Community PL Adult Non-Fiction - MKBB-1  823.8 DIC    AVAILABLE
 Moline PL Adult Biography - MPLG-6  B DIC    AVAILABLE
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Biography - NSLY-11  B DIC    AVAILABLE
 Princeton PL Adult Non-Fiction - PRGG-8  B DIC    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Biography - RIPG-6  B DICKENS    AVAILABLE
 Talcott Free LD Adult Biography - TFLY-11  B 823 DIC    AVAILABLE

Description xvi, 696 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
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volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [624]-626) and index.
Contents 1. Early years : from Portsmouth to Chatham, 1812-1822 -- 2. Early years : London, 1822-1827 -- 3. "The Copperfield days", 1828-1835 -- 4. Break through year, 1836 -- 5. Editing Bentley's Magazine, 1836-1837 -- 6. Periodicals into novels, 1837-1839 -- 7. The Master Humphrey experiment, 1840-1841 -- 8. America brought to book, 1842 -- 9. "The turning point of his career" : England, Italy, England, 1842-1845 -- 10. An interlude : "daily nooses" and the noose itself, 1846 -- 11. Dombey and other dealings, 1846-1848 -- 12. From Dombey to Copperfield, 1848-1849 -- 13. Interweaving and conducting : writing David Copperfield and beginning Household words, 1849-1850 -- 14. The year of the guild, 1850-1851 -- 15. Writing Bleak house, 1852-1853 -- 16. Writing "For these times", 1853-1854 -- 17. Writing Little Dorrit, among other things, 1855-1857 -- 18. Drama and denouement : performing The Frozen deep and finishing Little Dorrit, 1857 -- 19. Writing off a marriage, 1857-1858 -- 20. Stories into scripts : the public readings, 1858 -- 21. Serials, series and stories : writing for All the year round, 1859-1861 -- 22. Christmas numbers, public readings, and "uncommericial" travels, 1861-1863 -- 23. Back to the "big brushes" : writing Our mutual friend, 1864-1865 -- 24. Last Christmas numbers, 1865-1867 -- 25. Writing, and reading, for America, 1867-1868 -- 26. Disappearances and deaths, 1868-1870 -- 27. Charles Dicken's explanations
Summary 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.
Subject Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
Authors, English -- 19th century -- Biography.
ISBN 9780300112078

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