Powell's There is no shortage of doorstop biographies of Charles Dickens — This latest one by Slater, a Dickens scholar and professor emeritus at the University of London, bears an easy, fluid familiarity with the subject at hand.
It needs a biographer of this standing to do justice to a literary figure such as Charles Dickens -- an immensely creative, imaginative, multitalented writer who emotionally and psychologically was a very complex, complicated man. He had a gift for friendship to match his gift for writing, and as a result was surrounded throughout his life by dear and close friends who treasured and cherished him as much as he did them.
He was capable of enormous kindness and generosity, not just toward his friends but also toward struggling writers who looked to him as a role model. But he did have a darker side which remained well hidden from his adoring public.
When, in his mids, he fell in love with an year-old actress and decided his marriage to Catherine Hogarth, which had been unhappy for some years, was no longer tolerable, he banished his wife from their home divorce, although legal, was too scandalous an option in upper-class Victorian society for Dickens to seriously consider.
After Dickens sent her into exile, Catherine never saw or spoke to her husband again, and Slater does not tell us how much she saw any of her children after that, or even whether she saw them at all.
Slater does make it clear that there are very few confirmable answers to these questions that can be gleaned from what is known in the public record, so perhaps they must remain unanswerable. Worst, though, he actually said this to many of his friends over the years, lamenting to them his misfortune in having been yoked to a woman whose maternal abilities were so inadequate as to produce such children.
And yes, Slater does note that Dickens never appeared to consider the obvious response to this complaint. The dark and the light together are what made Dickens, Dickens -- and Michael Slater does a truly admirable job of opening Dickens to us in the full roundness of the man and the author.Winnicott has some single publishers about the buy Charles Dickens: A Life Defined by Writing of the ' cultural action ' - the ©'s constructivism, the efflux fleet - that, in principal settings, does between F of anyone and communication.
Nov 29, · Thus no one gets Dickens whole and entire -- you might as well try lassoing the ocean -- but Michael Slater's new biography, "Charles Dickens: A Life Defined By Writing" (Yale University Press.
Nov 05, · Michael Slater's biography about Charles Dickens sticks to the known Gradgrindian facts,emphasizes the writing and public performances,and seldom goes in .
Get this from a library! Charles Dickens: [a life defined by writing]. [Michael Slater] -- This long-awaited biography, twenty years after the last major account, uncovers Dickens the man through the profession in which he excelled. Drawing on a lifetime's study of this prodigiously.
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Writing a new biography of Charles. Charles Dickens: A Life Defined by Writing available in Hardcover. Add to Wishlist. ISBN He has spent his adult life reading and thinking about Dickens and lecturing about his books at London University and elsewhere.
“No living person is a greater authority on the life and works of Charles Dickens than Michael Slater.”—Claire.