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Becoming Dickens by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
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it was amazing

Thoroughly enjoyed this insightful and well-written study of the young Charles Dickens. Specifically, Douglas-Fairhurst treats Dickens from his first steps as a teenager on his own through the publication of Oliver Twist and the serialization of Nicholas Nickleby, when he has "become" Dickens.

He weaves an engaging story, makes excellent and poignant use of literary and extraliterary sources, and is neither enamored nor aloof from his subject, the complex, flawed genius that was Dickens.

I guess you have to _really_ like Dickens to care enough about his life, but if you do, this will be a rewarding read. It would help to have at least read the "Autobiographical sketch" Dickens himself composed in his later years, reproduced by his friend and biographer, John Forster.
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Reading Progress

December 26, 2012 – Started Reading
December 26, 2012 – Shelved
December 26, 2012 –
page 50
12.85%
December 27, 2012 –
page 61
15.68%
December 29, 2012 –
page 90
23.14%
December 31, 2012 –
page 110
28.28%
January 3, 2013 –
page 125
32.13%
January 8, 2013 –
page 137
35.22%
January 17, 2013 –
page 165
42.42%
January 23, 2013 –
page 203
52.19%
January 27, 2013 –
page 225
57.84%
February 1, 2013 –
page 245
62.98%
February 4, 2013 –
page 272
69.92%
February 6, 2013 –
page 299
76.86%
February 8, 2013 –
page 318
81.75%
February 9, 2013 –
page 324
83.29%
February 11, 2013 – Finished Reading

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