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Brief Lives: Charles Dickens
Born in Portsmouth in 1812, Dickens rose to fame within his lifetime and, to the present day, has never been out of print. In this highly accessible biography, Dickens scholars Melissa Valiska Gregory and Melisa Klimaszewski examine the fascinating life of this hugely popular literary figure, exploring such classics as Great Expectations and David Copperfield against the b ...more
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I recommend this book even if you are not a fan of Dickens (who knows? you might even become one after reading it). Its narrative is enjoyable and informative. It is a brief instalment of Dickens's life that pinpoints the most important events of his life and the influence that he had (and still has) in the world of literature. It is fun and easy to read and easy to follow. You will not be confused and overloaded with information and dates but you will actually enjoy knowing a bit more about suc ...more
Melissa Valiska Gregory specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and has published articles on both Victorian poetry and the novel. She is a founding member of the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) and currently serves on the Executive Board. With Dr. Melisa Klimaszewski of Drake University, she has edited and introduced three of Charles Dickens’s collaboratively wri ...moreMore about Melissa Valiska Gregory...