The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

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by Claire Tomalin
     
 

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Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens’s marriage while effacing Nelly Ternan from the public record.
 
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Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens’s marriage while effacing Nelly Ternan from the public record.
 
In this remarkable work of biography and scholarly reconstruction, the acclaimed biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys and Jane Austen rescues Nelly from the shadows of history, not only returning the neglected actress to her rightful place, but also providing a compelling portrait of the great Victorian novelist himself. The result is a thrilling literary detective story and a deeply compassionate work that encompasses all those women who were exiled from the warm, well-lighted parlors of Victorian England.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a remarkable feat of biographical sleuthing, Tomalin offers the fullest account to date of Charles Dickens's secret 13-year romance with actress Ellen ``Nelly'' Ternan. Photos. (Dec.)
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"Captivating. . . . An absorbing book about . . . a character who helps to illuminate the life of a great artist and the life of her times." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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ISBN-13:
9780307822390
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/29/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
227,642
File size:
10 MB

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"Captivating. . . . An absorbing book about . . . a character who helps to illuminate the life of a great artist and the life of her times." —-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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