Charles Dickens in Love [electronic resource]
- Pegasus Books [Imprint] April 2013 New York : Open Road Integrated Media, LLC
- Physical Description:
- 368 p.
- Additional Creators:
- Garnett, Robert
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- License restrictions may limit access.
- Annotation In celebration of the bicentennial of Charles Dickens's birth, here is Dickens as you have never seen him before: an intimate and engaging portrait of the great author and the women he loved."To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips whereI have opened my heart." --Charles DickensWhen Charles Dickens died in 1870 he was the best-known man in the English-speaking world--the preeminentVictorian celebrity, universally mourned as both a noble spirit and the greatest of novelists. Yetwhen the first person named in his will turned out to be an unknown woman named Ellen Ternan, only ahandful of people had any idea who she was. Of his romance with Ellen, Dickens had written, "it belongsto my life and probably will only die out of the same with the proprietor," and so it was--until his death sheremained the most important person in his life.She was not the first woman who had fired his imagination. As a young man he had fallen deeply in lovewith a woman who "pervaded every chink and crevice" of his mind for three years, Maria Beadnell, andwhen she eventually jilted him he vowed that "I never can love any human creature but yourself." A fewyears later he was stunned by the sudden death of his young sister-in-law, Mary Scott Hogarth, and worshipedher memory for the rest of his life. "I solemnly believe that so perfect a creature never breathed," hedeclared, and when he died over thirty years later he was still wearing her ring.Charles Dickens has no rival as the most fertile creative imagination since William Shakespeare, and noone influenced his imagination more powerfully than these three women, his muses and teachers in theschool of love. Using hundreds of primary sources, Charles Dickens in Love narrates the story of the mostintense romances of Dickens's life and shows how his novels both testify to his own strongest affections andserve as memorials to the young women he loved all too well, if not always wisely.
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