Search Results: "Charles Dickens"


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CHARLES DICKENS by Jenny Hartley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A deft, authoritative, and engaging reappraisal of the great Victorian novelist."
Restless, tireless, and prolific, Dickens "became an adjective in his own lifetime." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Brief bibliography (standard adult works; three books for young readers; 14 of Dickens's most familiar works). (Biography/Picture book. 8+)"
The authors follow their splendid Bard of Avon (1992, ALA Notable) with an equally handsome book on the beloved novelist. Read full book review >

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THE CHARLES DICKENS MURDERS by Edith Skom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 13, 1998

"Dickens-lovers will be disappointed, and everybody else deeply bored."
Long before Prof. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS by Jane Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2002

"A successful attempt to deepen the way we read Dickens, with clues to finding him in his own characters and words."
Pulitzer-winning novelist Smiley (Horse Heaven, 2000, etc.) brings her fluid prose to a fresh and insightful look, through a psychological lens, at the life of Dickens. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS by Claire Tomalin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"Superbly organized, comprehensive and engrossing from start to finish—a strong contender for biography of the year."
Like Shakespeare, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an overachiever of genius, and his life was as eventful, dramatic and character-filled as any of his novels. This rich new biography brilliantly captures his world. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT CHARLES DICKENS SCANDAL by Michael Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A sexy story resting on a bed of comprehensive scholarship and pursued with Sherlock-ian imagination."
A noted Dickens scholar and biographer traces the story of Dickens' relationship with young actress Nelly Ternan, an affair that has titillated Dickens fans and scholars since the mid 19th century. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS IN LOVE by Robert Garnett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"A wealth of entertaining information in an ultimately incomplete account."
A detailed and well-documented but limited account of the great loves of Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS AND FRIENDS by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Pair this with Diane Stanley's Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations (1993) to lay far, far better groundwork for a later appreciation of some timeless classics than filmed versions, or more conventional abridgements, ever could. (Picture book. 8-10)"
With small, teeming cartoon scenes so boisterous that they frequently burst their borders, Williams (Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare!, 2000, etc.) catapults readers headlong through five of Dickens's best-known melodramas, introducing an array of curly-haired naifs, roundly vivacious young women, and pasty-faced villains, as well as those distinctively colorful supporting casts of orphans, convicts, ne'er-do-wells, widows, pickpockets, ghosts, and more—all of whom speak in snatches of Dickens's own dialogue. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTING OF CHARLES DICKENS by Lewis Buzbee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"The sights, sounds and stenches of 19th-century London are palpable even without the moody black-and-white illustrations. (note on 'Children and Charles Dickens') (Historical fiction. 11 & up)"
Twelve-year-old Meg Pickel hasn't slept a single night in the six months since her 15-year-old brother Orion mysteriously disappeared. Read full book review >

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THE FINAL RECOLLECTIONS OF CHARLES DICKENS by Thomas Hauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Inauthentic and skimpy. Dickens fans should stick to the unparalleled originals."
A risky pastiche presents itself as the memoir of 59-year-old Charles Dickens, confessing the "most important chapter of my life"—his secret, undying love for the wife of a vicious scoundrel. Read full book review >

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THE SELECTED LETTERS OF CHARLES DICKENS by Jenny Hartley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"Savory appetizers that will cause curious readers to order the full 12-course meal."
From the massive 12-volume The Letters of Charles Dickens, editor Hartley (English Literature/Roehampton Univ.; Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women, 2008, etc.) selects letters that illuminate the dimensions of Dickens' mind, the range of his interests and the scale of his moods and passions. Read full book review >