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The Resource Dickens : Public life and private passion, Peter Ackroyd

Dickens : Public life and private passion, Peter Ackroyd

Label
Dickens : Public life and private passion
Title
Dickens
Title remainder
Public life and private passion
Statement of responsibility
Peter Ackroyd
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The acclaimed chronicler of London, Peter Ackroyd, explores the life and times of Charles Dickens, the great Victorian author. It is a story of rags to riches, demonstrating how much Dickens drew upon his own experiences in his fiction and what drove him to call for social reform.
  • In this remarkable new biography, Ackroyd offers a different view of Dickens to that presented in his earlier study of the author. Dickens had everything - fame, success and riches. He was mercurial, had enormous vitality and humour, along with a sense of loss and longing that would constantly appear in his work. Like many eminent Victorians, he led a double life: although he insisted that nothing in the newspapers he edited should upset his middle class readers, he regularly indulged in dubious night-time escapades with fellow author Wilkie Collins and kept a secret mistress, Ellen Ternan. Ackroyd vividly conjures the reality of Victorian life, the issues that sparked Dickens' fervent calls for social reform which profoundly affected his life and work
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
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1949-
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Ackroyd, Peter
Dewey number
  • 823.8
  • 823.8
  • 823.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Dickens, Charles
  • Novelists, English
  • Biography: general
  • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
  • Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
  • Biography
  • Biography: general
  • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
  • Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
Summary expansion
Charles Dickens's life is a story of rags to riches, complete with bankruptcy, prison, forced child labour, and fame and fortune overshadowed by guilt and secrecy - rather like the plot of one of his novels. Indeed, Dickens drew strongly on his own experiences as the source for much of his fiction. Here the author offers a fresh view of Dickens's remarkable life story. Dickens's novels brim with references: they are located in the places he lived in and visited, peopled with characters he knew, and inspired by the preoccupations that haunted his mind. Ackroyd highlights the reality of Victorian life, warts and all, and the issues that sparked Dickens's fervent calls for social reform; and he also charts the influential landmarks of that era, such as the coming of the railways, the effects upon society of the industrial revolution and the expansion of the British Empire. Dickens was a complex personality. He apparently had everything - fame, success, wealth - but he died harbouring the great sadness he had carried with him all his life, and he was humble enough to forbid a grand funeral. Like many eminent Victorians, he led a double life. Although he insisted that nothing in the newspapers he edited should offend his middle-class readers, he regularly indulged in dubious night-time escapades with fellow-author Wilkie Collins and, for the final 13 years of his life, kept a secret mistress, Ellen Ternan
Target audience
general
Label
Dickens : Public life and private passion, Peter Ackroyd
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Hardback
Control code
9780563534730
Dimensions
25x19 cm.
Extent
160 p.
Isbn
9780563534730
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
150 ill.
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Dickens : Public life and private passion, Peter Ackroyd
Publication
Note
Hardback
Control code
9780563534730
Dimensions
25x19 cm.
Extent
160 p.
Isbn
9780563534730
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
150 ill.
Specific material designation
regular print

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