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Charles Dickens at Home

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One of the best-loved of English authors, Charles Dickens is revered as a storyteller, social campaigner and chronicler of his time and place. This book tracks the places Dickens lived, from his Portsmouth birthplace and childhood home in Chatham to his last home back in Kent, at Gad's Hill Place in Rochester.

The book also covers his travels in England and abroad, where the locations provided the settings in his novels, such as Nicholas Nickleby's Yorkshire and in the East ...

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Overview

One of the best-loved of English authors, Charles Dickens is revered as a storyteller, social campaigner and chronicler of his time and place. This book tracks the places Dickens lived, from his Portsmouth birthplace and childhood home in Chatham to his last home back in Kent, at Gad's Hill Place in Rochester.

The book also covers his travels in England and abroad, where the locations provided the settings in his novels, such as Nicholas Nickleby's Yorkshire and in the East Anglia of David Copperfield, Charles Dickens's most autobiographical novel. Above all, it is London, where he lived in different homes for the majority of his life, which is so identified with Dickens and with his fiction.

One thing that characterised his attitude to all his homes in adult life was his deep involvement in domestic arrangements, despite the frantic pace of his intensive work schedule. It was this close attention to detail, as well as his acute observation of his surroundings, that distinguished his novels, both in their portrayal of home life and in their sense of place.

An invaluable resource to anyone who has an interest in the settings of Dickens' work, Hilary Macaskill weaves a narrative which places this great writer in his domestic context, gloriously illustrated with archive material and original photography.

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This slim coffee-table book uses a combined chronological and thematic presentation of the places that Dickens called home, from birth to death, to present an accessible narrative of his life and works. The new color photographs by Graham Salter unfortunately have the look of blue-sky images from a travel brochure; there is nothing in them of the foggy, crowded, teeming world we think of as Dickensian—but the book's secondary purpose is probably to tempt readers to literally follow Dickens around England and beyond. Travel writer Macaskill tells the story of Dickens's life, from Portsmouth to Chatham to London to his long European visits (he loved Boulogne and Genoa), to Gad's Hill Place in Kent, and includes brief quotes from published primary and secondary sources. VERDICT For public libraries and high schools in need of an unchallenging introduction to Dickens.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780711232273
  • Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 961,686
  • Product dimensions: 10.12 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilary Macaskill is a journalist and travel writer. She was formerly a publisher, a publicity manager for publishing companies and a lecturer in journalism at City University. She lives in London.

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