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Selected Letters of Charles Dickens

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ISBN-10: 0199591415

ISBN-13: 9780199591411

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jenny Hartley, Charles Dickens

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What was it like to be Charles Dickens? His letters are the nearest we can get to a Dickens autobiography: vivid close-up snapshots of a life lived at maximum intensity. This is the first selection to be made from the magisterial twelve-volume British Academy Pilgrim Edition of his letters. From over fourteen thousand, four hundred and fifty have been cherry-picked to give readers the best essence of 'the Sparkler of Albion'.Dickens was a man with ten times the energy of ordinary mortals. There seem to have been twice the number of hours in his day, and he threw himself into letter-writing as he did into everything else. This eagerly awaited selection takes us straight to the heart of his…    
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 2/2/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 500
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England in 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include…    

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Charles Dickens
Abbreviations and Symbols
Selected Letters
Index