|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Aug 2012|
|Number of Pages:||370|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.65|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.25 x 8.25 x 0.75|
|Paradise Lost||p. 13|
|Beginning the World||p. 31|
|The Birth of Boz||p. 43|
|The Peregrinations of Pickwick||p. 69|
|Practical Power||p. 89|
|Here We Are!||p. 101|
|Sledge-Hammer Blow||p. 129|
|Animal Magnetism||p. 149|
|Every Man in His Humour||p. 161|
|The Great Fight and Strife of Life||p. 193|
|Not So Bad as We Seem||p. 215|
|The Ice-Bound Soul||p. 231|
|Going Public||p. 263|
|The Loadstone Rock||p. 299|
|On the Ground||p. 315|
|Select Bibliography||p. 355|
Of the several books published this year in honor of the bicentennial of Dickens's birth, this by Callow is in many ways the best because it has all the gusto that a popular biography of Dickens-a man who "could do nothing by halves"-should possess, along with the sound understanding of, and insight into, its subject's life. Callow (My Life in Pieces) is an actor with writing in his blood; Dickens was a writer who encountered the theater as one of his earliest and deepest loves.
Dickens wrote for the theater with little success; his casts of characters and their memorable turns of phrase, the drama and comedy, went best into his fiction. Here is the life familiar to Dickens's devoted readers, but expressed with marvelous brio and an instinctive recognition of this man who demonstrated an empathy for the urban unempowered while ruthlessly driving to maintain his own dominance and control in personal and professional terms.
Verdict: The best biography for Dickens newcomers and a wonderful read for all.
-Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal
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Acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow offers a fresh perspective on one of the greatest novelists in the English language, Charles Dickens, in this lively, colorful biography.
Dickens was one of the first true celebrity authors. Thousands of fans in Britain and America eagerly awaited each new installment of his stories and flocked to see him on his legendary speaking tours. Not only did he create an incredible cast of characters on the page, but he was also a dazzling mimic and storyteller, and he wrote, stage-managed, and acted in plays for the public. Throughout his life, from his childhood performances in pubs to his legendarily powerful reading tours, Dickens was fanatical about the stage. Callow reveals Dickens’s genius on and off the page and offers a compelling insight into a life that was driven as much by performance and showmanship as by literature.
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