Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin
A Life

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The number of pages in which Tomalin re-argues her case seems disproportionate to Dickens’ art if not his life, but this is her turf and she defends it ably.
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Award-winning author Claire Tomalin sets the standard for sophisticated and popular biography, having written lives of Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Hardy, among others. Here she tackles the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth-century England, Charles Dickens; a literary leviathan whose own difficult path to greatness inspired the creation of classic novels such as Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Hard Times.

From his sensational public appearances to the obsessive love affair that led him to betray, deceive, and break with those closest to him, Charles Dickens: A Life is a triumph of the biographer’s craft, a comedy that turns to tragedy in a story worthy of Dickens’ own pen.
 

About Claire Tomalin

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Claire Tomalin is the author of eight highly acclaimed biographies including Thomas Hardy and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self, which won the 2002 Whitbread Book of the Year Award. She has previously won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, the Whitbread First Book Award, the Hawthornden Prize, the NCR Book Award for Non-Fiction, and the Whitbread Biography Award.
 
Published October 27, 2011 by Penguin Books. 577 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Jul 16 2012

‘Everyone finds their own version of Charles Dickens,’ says Tomalin, and the version she presents to readers in this vivid, memorable and definitive biography is probably the nearest to the real man that most of us will ever find.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Katherine Ashenburg on Nov 04 2011

The number of pages in which Tomalin re-argues her case seems disproportionate to Dickens’ art if not his life, but this is her turf and she defends it ably.

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