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Charles Dickens: A Life
 
 
Author
Jane Smiley.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.25 x 5 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780143119920
Pages/Publication Date 212/2011
Daedalus Item Code 30299
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"[Jane] Smiley's pocket-size Penguin Lives biography of Charles Dickens (1812–1870) is lively and energetic. Preoccupied with Dickens's writing life, the author, whose 1992 novel, A Thousand Acres, won the Pulitzer Prize, investigates her subject's narrative techniques and provides insights into the origins of some of his most noteworthy and notorious characters.... Her analyses of Dickens's major works are engaging, taking into account the political and cultural climate of the time. Already a bestselling author at 24, Dickens spent his life under the scrutiny of the public eye. Smiley, who calls him 'maybe the first true celebrity in the modern sense,' is sympathetic to his circumstances, addressing the burden faced by notable authors to keep publishing and topping themselves."—Kevin Greenberg
 
 
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