The Friendly Dickens: Being a Good Natured Guide to the Art and Adventures of the Man who Invented Scrooge
The Friendly Dickens helps you turn the pages of a masterpiece like David Copperfield or an “obscure” novel like Nicholas Nickleby as eagerly as you switch channels. Norrie Epstein – whose The Friendly Shakespeare was called “spirited, informative and provocative” by The New York Times – strips away the polite veneer of Victorian society to reveal Dickens’s life and times in all their squalor and glory, from his childhood days toiling in a blacking factory while his father languished in debtor’s prison, to his first visit to the United States, where he was hailed as the greatest living writer. The Friendly Dickens includes an illuminating guide to all of Dickens’s works and lively appreciations of characters both major and minor, interviews with aficionados from Patrick Stewart to biographer Phyllis Rose, eye-catching illustrations, copious quotations, a highly opinionated filmography and informative sidebars on almost every page.
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