Charles Dickens: A Life Synopsis
Charles Dickens was a phenomenon: a ferociously hardworking journalist, the father of ten children, a tireless 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.
At the age of twelve he was sent to work in a blacking factory by his parents. From these unpromising beginnings, he rose to scale all the social and literary heights, entirely through his own efforts. When he died, the world mourned, and he was buried – against his wishes – in Westminster Abbey.
Claire Tomalin paints an unforgettable portrait of Dickens, capturing brilliantly the complex character of this great genius.
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About Claire Tomalin
Claire Tomalin (born 20 June 1933) is an English journalist and biographer, known for her biographies of Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys, Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft.
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