CHARLES DICKENS
A Life Defined by Writing

MICHAEL SLATER
720pp 80 ILLUS 61 DRAWINGS 2009 OUT OF PRINT B771

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This long-awaited biography uncovers Dickens the man through the profession in which he excelled. Slater explores the personal and emotional life, the high-profile public activities, the relentless travel, the charitable works and the astonishing productivity. But the core focus is Dickens' career as a writer and professional author, covering not only his big novels but also his phenomenal output of other writing – letters, journalism, shorter fiction, plays, verses, essays, writings for children and travel books. Slater's account illuminates the context of each of the great novels while locating the life of the author within the imagination that created them. It highlights Dickens' boundless energy, his passion for order and fascination with disorder, his organisational genius, his deep concern for the poor and outrage at indifference towards them, his susceptibility towards young women, his love of Christmas and fairy tales, and his hatred of tyranny.

. . . immediately takes its place as the most authoritative, fair-minded and navigable of modern biographies. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT