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The Life of Charles Dickens

The Life of Charles Dickens

Volume 1. 1812–1842

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108039352

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  • John Forster (1812–76), an exact contemporary of Charles Dickens, was one of his closest friends, and acted for him (as for many other authors) as advisor, editor, proofreader, agent and marketing manager: according to Thackeray, 'whenever anyone is in a scrape we all fly to him for refuge. He is omniscient and works miracles.' Forster was Dickens' literary executor, and was left the manuscripts of many of the novels, which he in turn left (along with the rest of his magnificent library) to the South Kensington Museum (later the Victoria and Albert Museum). He was ideally placed to write a biography of Dickens, having known him since the 1830s, and having been involved in deeply private matters such as Dickens' separation from his wife. This three-volume account was first published between 1872 and 1874; the version of Volume 1 reissued here is the 'seventh edition' of 1872.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108039352
    • length: 426 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 1812–22. Childhood
    2. 1822–4. Hard experiences in boyhood
    3. 1824–30. School days and start in life
    4. 1831–5. Reporters' gallery and newspaper literature
    5. 1836. First book, and origin of Pickwick
    6. 1837. Writing the Pickwick Papers
    7. 1837 and 1838. Between Pickwick and Nickleby
    8. 1838. Oliver Twist
    9. 1838–9. Nicholas Nickleby
    10. 1838–9. During and after Nickleby
    11. 1839. New literary project
    12. 1840–1. The Old Curiosity Shop
    13. 1840. Devonshire Terrace and Broadstairs
    14. 1841. Barnaby Rudge
    15. 1841. Public dinner in Edinburgh
    16. 1841. Adventures in the Highlands
    17. 1841. Again at Broadstairs
    18. 1841. Eve of the visit to America
    19. 1842. First impressions of America
    20. 1842. Second impressions of America
    21. 1842. Philadelphia, Washington, and the South
    22. 1842. Canal boat journeys: bound Far West
    23. 1842. The Far West: to Niagara Falls
    24. 1842. Niagara and Montreal.

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    John Forster

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