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This is an auction for CHARLES DICKENS by Michael Slater.

“I see you understand me!” exclaims Charles Dickens to a sympathetic American visitor in 1867. “And that is more precious to the author than fame or gold.” With this masterful life study, Slater opens a breadth of understanding exceeding that of even Dickens’ most cherished visitor. What Slater helps readers to understand is how an impoverished blacking-factory drudge transforms himself into the comic genius of Pickwick Papers. Readers then follow the maturation of this genius into the profound artistic seriousness of David Copperfield, Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend. But intense interest in the great novels does not blind Slater to the author’s astonishing productivity in other genres—short stories, plays, essays, reportage, lecture scripts, letters—all rich with imaginative insight. Detailing the energy and organizational discipline behind Dickens’ prodigious output, Slater emphasizes the author’s determination to use his pen on behalf of Britain’s hard-pressed working class. Yet Slater recognizes that that same pen could also advance intensely personal interests, as when Dickens indulges in veiled autobiography to resolve the psychological traumas of his own childhood and then, more dubiously, to justify his decision to abandon his wife for a clandestine relationship with a much younger woman. A landmark of literary scholarship."
- Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Slater is Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, past President of the International Dickens Fellowship and of the Dickens Society of America, and former editor of the journal The Dickensian.

Yale University Press hardback 2009.

696 pages.

New condition.

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