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Charles Dickens: The Dickens Bicentenary 1812-2012

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Charles Dickens is the definitive interactive illustrated guide to the man and his works. Produced in association with the Charles Dickens Museum, London, it follows Dickens from early childhood, including his time spent as a child labourer, and looks at how he became the greatest celebrity of his age, and how he still remains one of Britain’s most renowned literary figures, even in the twenty-first century. It is an intimate look at what he was like as a husband, father, friend and employer; at his longing to be...

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Overview

Charles Dickens is the definitive interactive illustrated guide to the man and his works. Produced in association with the Charles Dickens Museum, London, it follows Dickens from early childhood, including his time spent as a child labourer, and looks at how he became the greatest celebrity of his age, and how he still remains one of Britain’s most renowned literary figures, even in the twenty-first century. It is an intimate look at what he was like as a husband, father, friend and employer; at his longing to be an actor, his travels across North America, his year spent living in Italy and his great love of France. It introduces Dickens’s fascinating family and his astonishing circle of friends, and we discover when and how life and real-life personalities were imitated in his art.

Charles Dickens was an intriguing personality. He was a man far ahead of his time, a Victorian whose ideals and outlook on life were better suited to the modern world. With beautiful photographs and artworks, and many never before seen facsimile documents from Dickens’s own archives, Charles Dickens brings to life this extraordinary and complex man, whose name remains internationally revered and whose work continues to inspire us today.

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Publishers Weekly
Written by Dickens's great-great-great granddaughter in honor of the bicentenary of his birth, this beautifully illustrated biography recalls the life and works of one of the most beloved authors of all time. Hawksley (Katey: The Life and Loves of Dickens's Artist Daughter) begins with Dickens's impoverished childhood, during which his family was sent to debtors prison and he was forced to take a job at a blacking factory, an experience that provided fodder for his most autobiographical novel, David Copperfield. Hawksley describes the ups and downs of Dickens's marriage to Catherine Hogarth and gives a brief biography of each of their ten children. She further recalls the dissolution of the marriage and Dickens's ostensible affair with actress Ellen Ternan. Hawksley draws attention to the various forms social critique in Dickens' work. She aptly describes Bleak House as "one of Dickens's most scathing commentaries on the British legal system," with characters who "challenge the prevailing Victorian psyche." Each of his novels is given a brief chapter in which Hawksley recounts the basic plot, themes, likely influences, and circumstances surrounding publication. Folders throughout contain removable replicas of authentic documents such as letters, manuscript pages, and playbills. Artwork in the book includes illustrations from first editions, paintings of the author and his family, photographs of key people and locations, and more. Fans of Dickens's work will certainly delight in this visually stunning, entertaining celebration of the author. Photos and illus.
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Library Journal
This volume, combining the fun of a historical scrapbook with an eloquent and detailed overview of Dickens's life and works, is by the great, great granddaughter of his son Henry. Cozy and welcoming though the oversize presentation is, this should not be mistaken for a simplistic book. Hawksley celebrates not only Dickens the novelist, but also the crusading journalist, reformer, and avid traveler, while also acknowledging the man who publicly left his wife, took the children with him, and had a clandestine affair with a much younger woman. None of this is new information, but it's elegantly handled. Chronological chapters on the novels are interspersed with thematic ones such as "Dickens and Detectives." VERDICT Unfortunately, owing to its removable facsimiles of Dickens ephemera, this book is better for gift giving than library circulation. Highly recommended to new and veteran Dickens fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608870523
  • Publisher: Insight Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 1,013,302
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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    Many people have a love-hate relationship with Charles Dickens. He is one of those authors who used their work as a platform for social change. If you've ever read one of his novels you know where he stood on the social issues facing that time. However he was a very fascinating man. His early life and misfortunes molded him into the author he was to become. So many of his novels reflected his character.
    February 7, 2012 was Charles Dickens' Bicentenary. Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and Insight Editions has put out this phenomenal book to commemorate Dickens' life. Lucinda Hawksley is the great, great, great granddaughter of Charles Dickens. She is an expert when it comes to the Dickens'. In this book she collaborated with The Charles Dickens Museum in London. The book is full or photographs, replicas of play bills, news papers, manuscript excerpts, letters and much more. This book is a treasure chest of all things Dickens. This is a book you will read over and over again each time discovering something new.
    This book also goes into detail on the people in Dickens' life as well as the influences that inspired his many novels. I truly enjoyed this book and everything it has to offer. I felt like a kid at Christmas time reading this book. This is the perfect book to add to any collection and to be displayed.

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