By Fred Kaplan
The enticing biography of 1 of the main celebrated and enduring authors of Western literature
Charles Dickens grew up in harsh poverty and have become one of many world’s so much liked authors. Biographer Fred Kaplan takes an excellent, multifaceted procedure in his exam of Dickens’s existence: his fraught marriage and relationships; the ubiquitous results of his humble beginnings; his broad, yet conscientiously controlled, public existence; and his friendships with recognized writers. Dickens finds the advanced passions that drove either the guy and his paintings, illuminating why the mythical author—just just like the characters in his fiction—has remained a sizeable determine in Western literature.
A full-scale portrait of Dickens the guy and accommodates into the narrative a dialogue of the autobiographical foundation and importance of his maximum masterpieces
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