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Drawing partly on unpublished and new materials, this masterfully crafted biography presents Charles Dickens and his novels in social and psychological shadings that will speak to a new generation interested in the greatest and most popular English novelist. 200 photos.
Hardcover, First Edition, 607 pages
Published 1988 by William Morrow & Company
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David
Since I've been reading (and rereading) a lot of Dickens the past few months, I decided to find out a little more about the man, hence this biography.

I wasn't crazy about the style of this biography. Kaplan seems determined to use every notecard he generated in his research, and I learned (and have now forgotten) more about many of Dickens' friends and contemporaries than I wanted to know. In addition, he uses quotations by the thousand without any indication in the text of whom he is quoting. (
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Donna
Vivid, mostly satisfying portrait of Dicken's personal, literary, social and public lives. Before his death, Dickens destroyed the bulk of letters written and rec'd, thus obliterating primary source material, particularly with respect to his sustained relationship with mistress Ellen Ternan. Fairly certain more recent biographies would satisfy questions raised by the reading of Kaplan's work.
Leslea
This is so wonderfully insightful and a look into Dickens' life, however... Fred Kaplin... do you... by any chance... do you want to be Charles Dickens? It's okay, you can admit it out loud.
Brooke Haynes Gallucci
I'm undertaking the works of Dickens in order, some will be re-reads but some will be new...and I'm so looking forward to understand who Dickens was and where his characters came from.
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