The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens

The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens

eBook - 2012
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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 life, to show us Dickens atfirst hand. Here he is writing out of the heat of the moment: as a novelist, journalist, and magazine editor; as a social campaigner and traveller in Europe and America, and as friend, lover, husband, and father.Reading and writing letters punctuated the rhythms of Dickens's day. "I walk about brimful of letters", he told a friend. He claimed to write "at the least, a dozen a day". Sometimes it was a chore but more often a pleasure: an outlet for high spirits, sparkling wit, and caustic commentary - alwaysas seen through his highly individual and acutely observing eye.Whether you dip in or read straight through, this selection of his letters creates afresh the brilliance of being Dickens, and the sheer pleasure of being in his company.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9780199591411
Branch Call Number: 823 DICKE
Characteristics: xxxv, 458 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Letters of Charles Dickens

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ser_library Jul 29, 2015

this selection of Dickens' letters with explanatory notes shows his wide correspondence and interest in many subjects. the small print discourages one from reading straight through, but the excellent index makes it easy to read sections of particular interest

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