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By David Paroissien

A better half to Charles Dickens concentrates at the historic, ideological, and social forces that outlined Dickens’s global.

  • Puts Dickens’s paintings into its literary, old, and social contexts
  • Traces the improvement of Dickens’s occupation as a journalist and novelist
  • Includes unique essays through prime Dickensian students on every one of Dickens’s fifteen novels
  • Explores a huge diversity of themes, together with criticisms of his novels, using historical past and legislations in his fiction, language, and the influence of political and social reform
  • Examines Dickens's legacy and surveys the mass of secondary fabrics that has been generated in reaction and reverence to his writing

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I have heard him say . . I must not omit what he told me of . . I can describe in his own words. With such assistance, Forster sets out to piece together extracts from the novel and the autobiographical fragment as equivalent source documents for Dickens’s Life, keeping in view both historical fact and biographical interpretation, besides demonstrating even here Dickens’s powers as a writer: What had already been sent to me, however, and proof-sheets of the novel interlined at the time, enable me now to separate the fact from the fiction; and to supply to the story of the author’s childhood those passages, omitted from the book, which, apart from their illustration of the growth of his character, present to us a picture of tragical suffering, The Autobiographical Fragment 19 and of tender as well as humorous fancy, unsurpassed in even the wonders of his published writings.

She flattered him, which he liked, and for her part she was 18 and proud to be noticed by such a famous man. Various homes were set up for her in London, Slough, Peckham, and Boulogne, but for fear of public censure there was no question of them openly living together. Indeed, the relationship was hidden not just by Dickens but by the whole Dickens family for 80 years, and it was not until the 1930s that the truth came out, revealed by Dickens’s daughter Kate and confirmed by her brother Henry.

The case is unproven, yet, given the family’s subsequent protection of Dickens’s reputation, an adjustment of the truth surrounding his death would not be surprising. Charles Dickens was buried in Westminster Abbey on June 14, 1870. The first beneficiary in his will, receiving £1,000, was Ellen Ternan. References and Further Reading Ackroyd, Peter (1990). Dickens. London: Sinclair-Stevenson. Allen, Michael (1988). Charles Dickens’ Childhood. London: Macmillan. ) (1971). Dickens: The Critical Heritage.

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