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Becoming Dickens : the invention of a novelist

Author: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Becoming Dickens tells the story of how an ambitious young Londoner became England's greatest novelist. In following the twists and turns of Charles Dickens's early career, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst examines a remarkable double transformation: in reinventing himself Dickens reinvented the form of the novel. It was a high-stakes gamble, and Dickens never forgot how differently things could have turned out. From his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
ISBN: 9780674050037 0674050037 0674072235 9780674072237
OCLC Number: 700735598
Description: 389 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue : Somebody and nobody --
Lost and found --
The clerk's tale --
Up in the gallery --
Mr. Dickin --
"Here we are!" --
Becoming Boz --
The moving age --
"Pickwick, triumphant" --
[Novelist] Writer --
Dickens at home --
Is she his wife? --
Being Dickens --
Postscript : Signing off.
Responsibility: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.

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This provocative biography tells the story of how an ambitious young Londoner became England's greatest novelist. Focused on the 1830s, it portrays a restless, uncertain Dickens who could not decide  Read more...

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This book captures the chameleon Dickens as a product of his era before he became its creator. Publishers Weekly 20110606 Douglas-Fairhurst's acute and incisive analysis of the contemporary reception Read more...

 
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