Norrie Epstein-whose The Friendly Shakespeare was called spirited, informative and provocative by The New York Times-strips away the polite veneer of Victorian society to reveal Dickens's life and times in all their squalor and glory. Along with a guide to all of Dickens's works, interviews with aficionados from Patrick Stewart to biographer Phyllis Rose, eye-catching illustrations, copious quotations, a highly opinionated filmography, and informative sidebars on almost every page, you'll find answers to such questions as:
* Why are nineteenth-century novels so long?
* What was Dickens's evil hour?
* Why couldn't the Victorians resist a deathbed scene?
* How many characters populated Dickens's first novel, The Pickwick Papers?
* Why is Dickens the most popular-and the most despised-novelist in the world?
This Friendly companion to the man who called himself The Inimitable will have you running in delight to dust off your Dickens.
A lively, accessible companion to Dickens's work, deftly splicing historical and biographical background with shrewd critical commentary. (David Lodge)
Author Bio: Norrie Epstein has lectured extensively at the University of California, as well as the University of Rochester and Goucher College, covering almost every literary figure including, of course, Charles Dickens. She is the author of The Friendly Shakespeare.
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