The engaging biography of one of the most celebrated and enduring authors of Western literature
Charles Dickens grew up in harsh poverty and became one of the world’s most beloved authors. Biographer Fred Kaplan takes a brilliant, multifaceted approach in his examination of Dickens’s life: his fraught marriage and relationships; the ever-present effects of his humble beginnings; his extensive, but carefully managed, public life; and his friendships with famous writers. Dickens unearths the complex passions that drove both the man and his work, illuminating why the legendary author—just like the characters in his fiction—has remained a mammoth figure in Western literature.
``This first major biography of Dickens in nearly 40 years is a winning mix of insight, narrative skill and shrewd judgment,'' commended PW. As limned here, ``Dickens was convivial, loyal, secretive and arrogant, with a `performance personality' that required applause for self-definition.'' Photos.