Charles Dickens: The Dickens Bicentenary 1812-2012

Charles Dickens The Dickens Bicentenary Charles Dickens is the definitive interactive illustrated guide to the man and his works Produced in association with the Charles Dickens Museum London it follows Dickens from early childhood inclu

  • Title: Charles Dickens: The Dickens Bicentenary 1812-2012
  • Author: Lucinda Hawksley
  • ISBN: 9781608870523
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Charles Dickens is the definitive interactive illustrated guide to the man and his works Produced in association with the Charles Dickens Museum, London, it follows Dickens from early childhood, including his time spent as a child labourer, and looks at how he became the greatest celebrity of his age, and how he still remains one of Britain s most renowned literary figureCharles Dickens is the definitive interactive illustrated guide to the man and his works Produced in association with the Charles Dickens Museum, London, it follows Dickens from early childhood, including his time spent as a child labourer, and looks at how he became the greatest celebrity of his age, and how he still remains one of Britain s most renowned literary figures, even in the twenty first century It is an intimate look at what he was like as a husband, father, friend and employer at his longing to be an actor, his travels across North America, his year spent living in Italy and his great love of France It introduces Dickens s fascinating family and his astonishing circle of friends, and we discover when and how life and real life personalities were imitated in his art.Charles Dickens was an intriguing personality He was a man far ahead of his time, a Victorian whose ideals and outlook on life were better suited to the modern world With beautiful photographs and artworks, and many never before seen facsimile documents from Dickens s own archives, Charles Dickens brings to life this extraordinary and complex man, whose name remains internationally revered and whose work continues to inspire us today.

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    1. As someone who's read quite a bit about Dickens, I didn't learn anything new from this book, but it was nice to be reminded of facts I might've forgotten; and for someone wanting merely an overview of his life, albeit with very interesting details, this would be perfect. The volume has a nice layout, basically chronological, but also thematic, and when necessary a reference page is given to complete the chronology. Its strongest points, though, are the many visuals: beautiful reproductions, such [...]

    2. What a totally delightful book on the life of Dickens! The huge format with lots of beautiful pictures and drawings makes for such an interesting read. The inclusion of copies of documents from the family only adds tothe charm.Written by Dickens great-great-great grandaughter, we are given an abbreviated look at each stage of his life, and those of his children. Two page spreads are given to each of his major works and the background of their writing.For the true Dickens fan, this book is simply [...]

    3. Like it very much! This book contains not only biography of Charles Dickens, we can get also the histories behind the working of each of his novels, and how each book is related to Dickens' life conditions. What makes it more valuable, there are a lot of facsimile items attached within the pages. The items varied from books manuscript (in Dickens hand-writing), family album, Dickens bank account :), newspaper which Dickens edited, to the reading material that Dickens used when he performed his r [...]

    4. This book has convinced me, the ultimate hater of biographies. It is the most beautiful book I've ever owned and the admittedly high price is totally justified.There will be new insights about the greatest English novelist and his works for everyone, as well as interesting information about his time and environment.Buy it! (Or, even better, get someone to buy it for you:)

    5. Charles DickensIN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CHARLES DICKENS MUSEUM, LONDONby Lucinda Dickens HawksleyCelebrate 200 years since the birth of the literary genius, with this fascinating collection of documents from Dickens’ personal archive and previously unpublished photographs of the Dickens familyThoroughly researched by Dickens’ great-great-great Granddaughter! Charles Dickens is the definitive illustrated guide to the man and his works written by a direct descendent of the legendary novelist. I [...]

    6. Many people have a love-hate relationship with Charles Dickens. He is one of those authors who used their work as a platform for social change. If you've ever read one of his novels you know where he stood on the social issues facing that time. However he was a very fascinating man. His early life and misfortunes molded him into the author he was to become. So many of his novels reflected his character. February 7, 2012 was Charles Dickens' Bicentenary. Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and Insight Editi [...]

    7. I don't really enjoy reading biographies. If I do read one it'll be about one of my very favorite persons - Paul McCartney is the best example. The thought of reading 500 pages of tedious detail about someone's life is just not appealing - that's why this book was perfect for me. Each section of the book is just 2 to 4 pages long and is about either one of Dickens' novels or one aspect of his life: CD and Art, CD and acting, etc. What I loved about this book is that it made me want to read Dicke [...]

    8. Such a beautiful book! Large format, filled with an impressive collection of photographs, illustrations, paintings and portraits that make you feel like you stepped right into Dickens' world.My favorite part were the facsimiles. The book has several 'pockets' with reproductions of Dickens' letters, his final testament, newspapers, manuscripts, annotated typescripts and even business cards, among other things.There are surely more comprehensive biographies of Dickens out there if you want to go m [...]

    9. One of a kind Coffee Table sized book full of wonderful photos of rare items, paintings and drawings from London's Dickens Museum. The text is by Dickens's Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter. It is well-written and concise yet thorough, taking you from Dickens's birth to his death with reviews of each of his major works and insights into his family and extra-marital life. This is a wonderful gift for a Dickens fan

    10. Hawksley, who is the great-great-great granddaughter of Dickens, has done a spectacular job with this book. Anyone who is at all a Dickens fan will get tremendous enjoyment out of it. It is full of little-known facts and all kinds of details, and also includes pull-out reproductions of many documents relating to Dickens, including a copy of his will. I was happy to see that the book did not shy away from some rather unseemly issues complicating Dickens' life. What a fantastic book!

    11. Scratching the itch I have for illustrated nonfiction! And reminding me that Charles Dickens was a big poop to his wife. "Oh she is fat now, I must away with an eighteen-year-old actress." Come on dude. Be less of a cliche. But anyway this book had FACSIMILE DOCUMENTS in little page-envelopes that you could take out and look at. Other biographers, take note. This is the kind of quality nonfiction we nonfiction dilettantes have been craving.

    12. This biographical book is beautiful! I received this book as a birthday gift and have cherished it ever since. It gives you a thorough insight into Charles Dickens life with beautiful illustrations and several facsimiles to make it very authentic. I recommend this book for other Charles Dickens enthusiasts like myself.

    13. A fun well illustrated history with lots of facsimile documents able to pulled out and pored over to gives the flavour of Dickens' life and world. Clearly written by a descendant the writing is not great at times but makes up for it with it's slightly quirky and personal take.

    14. I find it hard to resist a book with little surprise pockets, in this case containing facsimile documents of magazine issues, photos, letters, visiting cards, and more, from the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

    15. Such an enjoyable read for a Dickens fan. Certainly not an exhaustive biography of Dickens, but I loved all the terrific photographs and the facsimiles of handbills, letters, and playbooks that were tucked away in the fold-out envelopes.

    16. This is a specialist book which I stumbled onto in the book onto in the book racks of the British Library. Written by a great great grandaughter, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley.

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