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The burdens and genius of Charles Dickens

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March 2012, no. 339
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Charles Dickens: A life by Claire Tomalin

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The burdens and genius of Charles Dickens

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March 2012, no. 339

This is how Claire Tomalin closes her Dickens biography: ‘He left a trail like a meteor, and everyone finds their own version of Charles Dickens’, followed by a long list of types. I consider Dickens the surrealist, or the sentimentalist, but then I pick Dickens the tireless walker. And I concede, with Tomalin, that regarding his life and work, ‘a great many questions hang in the air, unanswered and mostly unanswerable’.

Evelyn Juers reviews 'Charles Dickens: A life' by Claire Tomalin and 'Becoming Dickens: The invention of a novelist' by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Charles Dickens: A life

by Claire Tomalin

Viking, $39.95 hb, 574 pp

Buy this book
Book Cover 2 Small

Becoming Dickens: The invention of a novelist

by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Harvard University Press, $39.95 hb, 389 pp

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