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Author Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert.

Title Becoming Dickens : the invention of a novelist / Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.


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Description 1 online resource (389 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-370) and index.
Summary Becoming Dickens tells the story of how an ambitious young Londoner became England's greatest novelist. In following the twists and turns of Charles Dickens's early career, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst examines a remarkable double transformation: in reinventing himself Dickens reinvented the form of the novel. It was a high-stakes gamble, and Dickens never forgot how differently things could have turned out. From his traumatized childhood to the suicide of his first collaborator and the sudden death of the woman who had a good claim to being the love of his life, Dickens faced powerful obstacles. Douglas-Fairhurst's provocative new biography, focused on the 1830s, portrays a restless and uncertain Dickens who could not decide on the career path he should take and would never feel secure in his considerable achievements--From publisher description.
Contents Prologue : Somebody and nobody -- Lost and found -- The clerk's tale -- Up in the gallery -- Mr Dickin -- "Here we are!" -- Becoming Boz -- The moving age -- "Pickwick, triumphant" -- [Novelist] Writer -- Dickens at home -- Is she his wife? -- Being Dickens -- Postscript : Signing off.
Note Print version record.
Subject Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. (OCoLC)fst00028294
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- analys och tolkning.
Novelists, English -- 19th century -- Biography.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Great Britain.
Novelists, English. (OCoLC)fst01039718
Engelska författare -- 1800-talet -- biografi.
Chronological Term 1800 - 1899
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Other Form: Print version: Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert. Becoming Dickens. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011 9780674050037 (DLC) 2011004219 (OCoLC)700735598
ISBN 9780674062764 (electronic bk.)
0674062760 (electronic bk.)
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