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Charles Dickens A Life Read ↠ 4 ☆ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Charles Dickens A Life By Claire Tomalin – The tumultuous life of England's greatest novelist beautifully rendered by unparalleled literary biographer Claire Tomalin When Charles Dickens died in 1870 The Times of London successfully campaigned The tumultuous life Champion of household harmony Dickens tore his own life apart betraying deceiving and breaking with friends and family while he pursued an obsessive love affair Charles Dickens A Life gives full measure to Dickens's heroic stature his huge virtues both as a writer and as a human being while observing his failings in both respects with an unblinking eye Renowned literary biographer Claire Tomalin crafts a story worthy of Dickens's own pen a comedy that turns to tragedy as the very ualities that made him great his indomitable energy boldness imagination and showmanship finally destroyed him The man who emerges is one of extraordinary contradictions whose vices and virtues were intertwined as surely as his life and his ar. This breakneck biography touches upon all the important events of Boz’s blistering life omitting the copious detail on his journalism covered in Michael Slater’s exhaustively entertaining tome along with too many of the pivotally opinionated rants on social reform and whatnot Tomalin is stronger on Dickens’s personal relationships especially with women and male friends and creates a emotional portrait of a restless but tormented man in comparison with Slater’s love in where Dickens is shown as a dynamo with sparks of lightning streaking from his uill inflaming every room with his lively presence Overly critical of many of the works Tomalin’s enthusiasm for what Dickens does seems to lag at times whereas Slater can barely bring himself to cast aspersions over a single shopping list but the second half of this bio establishes a truly painful tone of weariness physical pain and melancholy which seems accurate for Boz’s post Catherine life he’d lost out on true reciprocal love and clearly his heart had been wounded beyond repair when he embarked on some his most trenchant books Dickens simply seems lost aggressive and lacking the same mercurial magic of his younger years his transformation from energetic buck to grizzled lion is much clearer and painful with Tomalin Detail of the Nelly affair is discussed speculatively here offering a convincing case that Boz did consummate Tomalin published The Invisible Woman about this dark part of his life in 1991 Otherwise a serviceable brisk bio Given Tomalin’s pedigree—several bios of major writers in under a decade—this can’t be taken as an essential work but the writing is adorable

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The tumultuous life of England's greatest novelist beautifully rendered by unparalleled literary biographer Claire Tomalin When Charles Dickens died in The Times of London successfully campaigned for his burial in Westminster Abbey the final resting place of England's kings and heroes Thousands flocked to mourn the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth century England His books had made them laugh shown them the sualor and greed of English life and also the power of personal virtue and the strength of ordinary people In Charles Dickens Kindle his last years Dickens drew adoring crowds to his public appearances had met presidents and princes and had amassed a fortuneLike a hero from his novels Dickens trod a har. I used to read Charles Dickens extensively as my Parents thought I should read books by authors considered to be classics Besides times were different and since there are many young characters in Dickens's novels they believed they were suitable for a teenage girl How mistaken they were Still I am and always will be grateful to them for introducing me to Dickens BTW I suppose my love for thick volumes has its roots in the times when I took Dickens's books into my handsI found this biography superbly researched and written Ms Tomalin did a terrific job writing about Charles's personal life and providing us with the background of all his works I knew nothing about his journeys to America and even less about the problem with royalties from novels published there This thick volume never bored or tired me although I admit the amount of information to digest is really enormous and I can't say I remember all details This was my first and probably the only biography of Charles Dickens as it answered all my general uestions and did painted a picture of an author as a boy a brother a husband a father a lover and a traveller always a 'curious observer who hated being observed'

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Charles Dickens A LifeD path to greatness Born into a modest middle class family his young life was overturned when his profligate father was sent to debtors' prison and Dickens was forced into harsh and humiliating factory work Yet through these early setbacks he developed his remarkable eye for all that was absurd tragic and redemptive in London life He set out to succeed and with extraordinary speed and energy made himself into the greatest English novelist of the centuryYears later Dickens's daughter wrote to the author George Bernard Shaw If you could make the public understand that my father was not a joyous jocose gentleman walking about the world with a plum pudding and a bowl of punch you would greatly oblige me Seen as the public. This is a brisk biography that demonstrates the value of knowing and discussing the author's life in considering their written workBriskly pacing through the life just as Dickens walked through city and countryside the four hundred pages of text seem slight At every turn there was potential for Tomalin to depart the narrow path and have a digression on mesmerism or any of the people that Dickens brushed past or dealt with These are summed up in a sentence if at all When Edwin Landseer was mentioned I wondered if this was the painter or somebody else with the same name Monarch of the Glen Edwin Landseer Writing a life of Dickens could easily turn into an encyclopaedia of mid Victorian Britain Tomalin avoids doing this the Monarch of the Glen is off the beaten track so she doesn't go there However if you do want a book that uses Dickens life as a springboard into a wider exploration of Victorian Britain look elsewhereHaving finished the book I felt enormously reassured that I haven't read much of the early Dickens I did either give up on Barnaby Rudge or forget what happened from about half way through Martin Chuzzlewit wasoh sorry I must have dropped off there for a minute My appreciation of the mid Dickens Bleak House and Hard Times sharpened and I'm inclined to read some of his later works And if I am not sure if I would return to Dickens favourite David Copperfield on account of how intensely annoying I found Dora I think it is possibly a bad sign that I was glad when she died and how disappointingly insipid I found his Agnes at least I do have a sense of the ironies involved in his characterisation of the Dora David relationship and how these characters fit generally into Dickens' difficulties with women difficulties isn't uite the right word but it will have to do for now Tomalin gives a few pages to each of the novels and to some of the stories giving an overview of the plot and characters but no great analysis Again if you want a thorough discussion of Dickens' output look elsewhere This is a life of a Dickens Having said that there are interesting insights I was taken by how Dickens split his experience of parents into the Micawbers and the Murdstones in David Copperfield Likewise I was surprised to read that Dickens was a Francophile which conflicts completely with my memory of A Tale of Two Cities At one stage Dickens did complain that he felt that his readers wouldn't accept a realistic hero the implication was that this was in regard to contemporary sexual s but generally suggests that Dickens was writing with a certain audience in mind and was prepared to give his public what he thought they wanted In the particular case of A Tale of Two Cities I would have been interested to see what his French translators made of itTomalin describes Dickens' father as Mr Micawber yet Dickens' own habit of life as a young writer seemed no less Micawberish Delighting in the cash flow and the fine life on credit it allowed Dickens wasn't to achieve financial security until the publication of Dombey and Son when he had been writing fiction to huge public and critical acclaim and massive sales for over ten years yet still was freuently a sixpence shy of happinessThe impression is hard to escape that in his fiction Dickens showed a degree of self knowledge that didn't inform his way of life His treatment of his children could be cold his behaviour towards his wife a role model of what not to do The intensity and role of his male relationships coupled with his domineering attitude towards women gives insight into why so many of his leading women seem flat they weren't allowed the space in his life to be much else unless they admired him uncritically On the other hand he wasn't much better in his male friendships although perhaps there was some space between drinking and tearful reunions for small differences of opinion I wondered if Dickens could have coped had the relationship with his later biographer Forster and