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Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster
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This book is guilty of being both a rush job and a historical marker as it gives little insights in Charles Dickens' mind from the point of view of a close friend, fellow author, pandering fan, and later executor of Dickens' will, John Forster. The biography also gives an additional insight into Dickens' work as a boy in the blacking factory, and his first trip to North America when he stopped in Halifax NS, and after a choppy sea crossing and having his ship run aground on the mud banks off NS, the young author was immediately greeted with fanfare by the local politicians in Halifax; he was offloaded with a pregnant and sick wife and taken to the Government Building where he was paraded as a celebrity, which he didn't care for so much.
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