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eBook Dickens: A Biography (A John Curtis book) ePub
Author: Fred Kaplan
Language: English
ISBN: 0340506148
ISBN13: 978-0340506141
Publisher: HODDER & STOUGHTON LTD; New Ed edition (November 1, 1989)
Pages: 608
Category: Arts & Literature
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 314
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ePub file: 1640 kb
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Dickens by Fred Kaplan may do for our greatest writer after Shakespeare what Ellman did for Oscar Wilde. Dickens: A Biography Incredible. Thorough and well written. The definitive biography! Well worth the read. A great book on one of the most influential authors of all time.

Dickens by Fred Kaplan may do for our greatest writer after Shakespeare what Ellman did for Oscar Wilde. A brilliantly readable work and one essential for all of us who care about the man who, for all his faults, remained 'The Inimitable' and 'The Sparkler' to the en. (John Mortimer Spectator).

Fred Kaplan is the author of Miracles of Rare Devices, Dickens and Mesmerism, Thomas Carlyle, A Biography (nominated for the 1983 . Dickens: A Biography John Curtis Book Johns Hopkins paperbacks.

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A biography of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870), English Victorian novelist. Pickwick became one of the most popular works of the time, continuing to be so after it was published in book form in 1837

A biography of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870), English Victorian novelist. Dickens was born in Landport, Portsmouth, on February 7, 1812, and was the second of eight children. Pickwick became one of the most popular works of the time, continuing to be so after it was published in book form in 1837. After the success of Pickwick Dickens embarked on a full-time career as a novelist, producing work of increasing complexity at an incredible rate: Oliver Twist (1837-39), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-39), The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge as part of the Master Humphrey's Clock series (1840-41), all being published in monthly instalments before. being made into books.

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1. Dickens: A Biography (A John Curtis book). Published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 01/11/1988 (1988). ISBN 10: 0340485582 ISBN 13: 9780340485583.

Dickens : A Biography. Tennis: Game of Motion. Fred Kaplan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Fred Kaplan (born 1937) is distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was born in 1937 in The Bronx, New York City, and attended Lafayette High School and Brooklyn College. He is the author of several biographies. His book Thomas Carlyle was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. John Quincy Adams: American Visionary, HarperCollins, 2014, ISBN 9780061915413.

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Dickens was born Charles John Huffam Dickens on February 7, 1812, in. .Dickens penned the book in just six weeks, beginning in October and finishing just i.

Dickens was born Charles John Huffam Dickens on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, on the southern coast of England. The famed British author was the second of eight children. His father, John Dickens, was a naval clerk who dreamed of striking it rich. The book features the timeless protagonist Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly old miser, who, with the help of ghosts, finds the Christmas spirit. Dickens penned the book in just six weeks, beginning in October and finishing just in time for the holiday celebrations. The novel was intended as a social criticism, to bring attention to the hardships faced by England’s poorer classes.

Dickens A Biography Fred Kaplan To Julia, Noah, and Ben, and to the memory . Courtesy of the Dickens House Museum. 2. John Dickens, from an oil painting by John Jackson. 3. John Dickens, c. 1845. 4. Elizabeth (Mrs. John) Dickens, c.

Dickens A Biography Fred Kaplan To Julia, Noah, and Ben, and to the memory of my father Contents Illustrations Preface, 1998 CHAPTER ONE: Scenes of His Boyhood. To Julia, Noah, and Ben, and to the memory of my father. 5. Mrs. John Dickens, engraved by Edwin Roffe. 6. No. 18, St. Mary’s Place, Chatham, Dickens family residence, 1821–1823. From a photograph by Catherine Ward.

Pad
This is an accurate biography, now a little out of date (see my reviews of other Dickens' bios) but it is very dull, dull, dull. There is almost nothing about the books, which is, after all, why he still commands our attention. There is no critical appraisal at all. Much of the book is about his pals and palling around, and details of his publishing, celebratory dinners (lots of dinners!). There is, for instance, nothing about novels like Oliver Twist, except a couple of asides in passing. I slogged through it. I've liked other of his books, but this one is a dud.
Realistic
Too much mundane detail about Dickens. I Will always enjoy his works, but I am very much less impressed with the man. A sexist, self-indulgent personality.
Rich Vulture
Dickens: A Biography
Incredible. Thorough and well written.
The definitive biography!
Well worth the read. A great book on one of the most influential authors
of all time.
Bearus
Charles Dickens is without a doubt one of my favorite authors. I have read all of his major novels (some numerous times) and many of his other works. The most important things to know about Dickens are right there in his own words. However, the man himself is a fascinating subject from his rise through a poor youth to his triumph as the most famous authors of his age or, indeed, any age. Certainly, Dickens is worthy of a well-written biography. Fortunately, there are well-done ones out there.
I had read Kaplan's book a number of years ago and recently read it again. It remains one of the best. Kaplan gives us a complete and balanced portrait of Dickens' entire life. He is sufficiently laudatory of Dickens' successes without being fawning. Additionally, he is not afraid to point out Dickens' weaknesses--as a son, husband, father, friend and author, though his weaknesses as a author are few enough. We get a real sense of Dickens as a human being.
One of the reasons I think Kaplan is so successful in his portrait is that he weaves numerous quotes from letters by Dickens and his many correspondents almost seamlessly into the text. It gives more of a feeling for Dickens as a man of his time as opposed to looking back and trying to compose a modern view of him. I also like the way Kaplan shows Dickens as an acute observer who integrated people and places he knew into his fiction. There are risks in reading a novel too biographically but it is interesting to try to pin down an author's inspirations and themes. Kaplan handles this quite well but he doesn't go into any of the novels in depth so someone unfamiliar with Dickens' books might have trouble in some places.
Overall, Kaplan finds an nice balance between depth and readability. He is able to pack a lot into 556 pages. Anyone with an interest in Dickens would be foolish not to read one of the best biographies of the man in print.
DarK-LiGht
Strange and unsatisfying biography, focused on minutae of Dickens' vacations to the exclusion of his literature.

"From Rome, they went to Siena and then Florence, happy to have had only three days of rain. On the road, they carried their own brandy, cloves, and tea" [page. 297-8]. The moment-to-moment of this trip fills ten pages, including so much emphasis re the facial grooming habits of the three men concerned, and the qualities of the various beds they slept in, that it's tempting to describe the text as voyeuristic. Follwed by just three pages re Bleak House, perhaps Dickens' most adventurous and anomalous work (two narrators). To me, a quirky choice of priorities, at best.

Perhaps the intention of the author was to present "the human side of Dickens" as a supplement to the literary biographies which already exist. If so, a more appropriate title might be "Not By Literature Alone", or etc. Readers interested in Dickens' writing as opposed to his leisure might want to look elsewhere.
Modred
The key word is "scholarly." If you want the run-of-the-mill pulp bio, you won't find it here. What you will find is a treasure of information on Dickens and his life. I have read every major biography of Dickens, and Kaplan's work is by far the best. I don't know how others could call it "boring," for I couldn't put it down. If you need your biographies "punched up," perhaps you should try Ackroyd's bio, which is more colorful but also more rambling. This is solid work, from a solid researcher.
inform
All you need to know about Charles Dickens is here. Fred Kaplan has given us a well-rounded look at the literary lion in his natural habitat. What more could we ask for, except to savor - anew or again - another of Boz's novels?

We appreciate Dickens because he loves all of his characters so completely - even the most irredeemable ones. With Kaplan's book, we find that Dickens himself is one of his best creations.
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