Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens - Lives

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Publisher's Synopsis

Superb, highly accessible biography of one of the giants of English literature by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A THOUSAND ACRES

'Engaging and stimulating' Simon Callow

'Jane Smiley, in her admirable contribution to Weidenfeld's series of short biographies, deals briskly with Dickens's career and works, and treats with sympathy and sense his relations with the women in his life' LITERARY REVIEW


From a bitter and poverty-stricken childhood to a career as the most acclaimed and best loved writer in the English-speaking world, Charles Dickens had a life as full of incident as any of those he created in his novels of life in Victorian England. The enormous quantity of work, his public readings and his difficult relationships has made him a figure of enduring fascination.

In this biography Jane Smiley reveals Charles Dickens as his contemporaries would have done, getting to know him more intimately than ever before. At the same time Smiley offers interpretations of almost all of Dickens' major works, showing how 'his novels shaped his life as much as his life shaped his novels'.

Book information

ISBN: 9781474619806
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.8
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 210g
Height: 130mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 20mm