The Life of Charles Dickens ePUB ↠ of Charles Epub

The Life of Charles Dickens ePUB ↠ of Charles Epub


The Life of Charles Dickens [EPUB] ✼ The Life of Charles Dickens By John Forster – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk This book is an illustrated version of the original The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster “Charles Dickens the most popular novelist of the century and one of the greatest humorists that Engla This book is an of Charles Epub ´ illustrated version of the original The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster “Charles Dickens the most popular novelist of the century and one of the greatest humorists that England has produced was born at Landport in Portsea on Friday the th of February The Life eBook º His father John Dickens a clerk in the Navy pay office was at this time stationed in the Portsmouth dockyard He had made acuaintance with the lady Elizabeth Barrow who became afterwards his wife through her elder brother Thomas Barrow also engaged on the establishment at Somerset House; Life of Charles PDF ↠ and she bore him in all a family of eight children of whom two died in infancy The eldest Fanny born was followed by Charles entered in the baptismal register of Portsea as Charles John Huffham though on the very rare occasions when he subscribed that name he wrote Huffam; by another son named Alfred who died in childhood; by Letitia born ; by another daughter Harriet who died also in childhood; by Frederick born ; by Alfred Lamert born ; and by Augustus born ; of all of whom only the second daughter now survives”.

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  • The Life of Charles Dickens
  • John Forster
  • English
  • 08 October 2016

About the Author: John Forster

John Forster was an of Charles Epub ´ English biographer a critic and a Charles Dickens' friendHe contributed to The True Sun The Morning Chronicle and The Examiner of which he was literary and dramatic critic His Lives of the Statesmen of the Commonwealth published in obtained immediate recognition The Life eBook º making Forster a prominent figure in a distinguished circle of literary men which incl.



4 thoughts on “The Life of Charles Dickens

  1. Sara Sara says:

    Most of us are at least slightly acuainted with the works of Charles Dickens He is one of the great writers of the Victorian era and his books have become iconic works that still delight and amaze readers movie buffs and theater goers John Forster was his friend of some thirty four years Living in the Victorian age they wrote to one another and much of Forster’s memory of Dickens can be supported by a large volume of letters still in Forster’s keeping upon Dickens’ deathThe best parts of this biography for me were the excerpts from Dickens letters which sparkle just as his fictional writings do and ooze with personality Poor Forster is a bit on the dry side with much of his writing but his devotion to his friend could not be obvious which makes me like him uite a lotOf course if you want a balanced view of Charles Dickens and who he really was you would have to go further afield than this No negative event or action by Dickens will be revealed by John Forster which made me think of reading Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell’s biography of Charlotte Bronte However does it not say a lot about a man that he can secure the friendship of another and keep it for such a time and leaving this earth have someone who wants to tell everyone besides having a talent that was indisputable what a decent and good friend he was? There will be no such lines to eulogize me and Forster’s admiration extends far beyond Dickens’ obviously masterful writing abilities and is grounded in something that surpasses his fame and fortune It is one thing to look at a man from a distance and evaluate him without emotion and uite another to know the man intimately and wish to pass on to those who will not ever have any opportunity to know him so well the essence of who this man was to you I give Forster high marks for his desire to do this and his attempt to set the man Dickens on paper I have a best friend since the seventh grade we have been as close as possible; I know her secrets she knows mine If I were writing her biography I would not divulge anything that might be hurtful; I would tell the world she is wonderful and that would be the absolute truth From a personal view I understand; from a historical view you might need to supplement this biography with another written later by a strangerIf you have an interest in the creative process that produced Dickens’ great works Forster does a good job of giving you that He follows the appearance of the books in their chronology and spends some time on the process that Dickens goes through putting them on paper That he produced such timeless stories without any failure while under the enormous pressures of both finances and fame is remarkable The shameless manner in which people cheated him early on is reprehensible The details of his earliest days are captivating and the way in which he wove these experiences into his novels fascinatingDickens’ trip to America was enlightening but by far the least interesting portion of this volume You might think it would have been otherwise for me being an American but I found Dickens had really little appreciation for the States and I despair to think we might have been as backward and uncouth as he generally painted us Somehow I never think of Dickens and Washington Irving as contemporaries and Dickens’ view of our penal system of the time and how trains ran was not at all the way I had pictured Washington and Philadelphia at this time He did however meet John uincy Adams whom I would have presumed dead by this date so how surprising is that?Although I found parts of this a slog I am happy to have read this volume and hope to continue the subseuent ones to the end When I have done I will seek out A Life by Claire Tomalin to see how they differ and what details Forster thought best not to share regarding his dear friend Meanwhile Mr Dickens languishes in America while I get to close the volume and return to Victorian England if I so desire

  2. Petra Petra says:

    This is a difficult book for me to rate This book was written shortly after the death of Dickens and by a very close friend of his At this time hardly anything was known about Dickens' life thoughts or actions The information in this book would have been fresh new delightful and entertaining it would have given insight into the personal thoughts of a much beloved author The excerpts of Dickens' letters to John Forster are truly delightful They are full of humor delightful observations insightful social observations He sees humor in many everyday encounters and writes about them so well His letters are really heartfelt true and told as experienced The writing of John Forster on the other hand is very dry and exact He's also very careful to keep Dickens' personal wedded family life out of the eyes of the public This biography focusses on Dickens with barely a mention of wife kids and no mention of daily home life his writing his work in publication his daily activities We get a good feel for the man and his work; not so much of the man his family So a few up and downs throughout Well worth the read but I feel with a large element of the man missing However looking at this from the viewpoint of the original readers this would be a fascinating work with a multitude of looks into the inner thoughts and life of a much loved author

  3. Connie G Connie G says:

    Biographer John Forster was a very close friend of British writer Charles Dickens He gave Dickens legal and literary advice reading Dickens' works before they were published The two men corresponded regularly and Dickens' letters form the backbone of Forster's bookVolume 1 covers the time from Dickens' birth to the end of his first trip to America His novel David Copperfield has autobiographical elements from Dickens' early life Before Forster's book was published people did not know that Dickens' father was sent to debtors' prison and Dickens had to work in a blacking factory as a child These experiences helped form Dickens' concern for the poor prisoners and childrenA large portion of the book covers Dickens' trip to America in 1841 42 While he was traveling Dickens wrote long letters to Forster which were the basis of his American Notes For General Circulation Dickens' letters were colorful humorous opinionated and lively Forster uotes from these letters extensively in this biographySince he was such a close friend Forster gives us a very positive view of Dickens as a person He rarely mentions anything about Dickens' wife Kate or his home life This book is a wonderful source of information but colored by the bonds of friendship 35 stars

  4. France-Andrée France-Andrée says:

    A very dry biography by a close friend of Charles Dickens the prose just doesn't flow the only time it gets animated is when Mr Forster is uoting his subject I am very thankful that Charles Dickens wrote all those letters to his friend or this would have been excruciatingIn this volume Forster covers the years 1812 1842 that means from the birth of Dickens to his 30th year There's really interesting anecdotes and if they are an extract from a letter very amusing The author decided though to focus on the career and social life of CD and only in the citations do we get a little bit of the family life I don't know if the choice to only cover public life is a trend in Victorian biographies I know that Princess Beatrice went slashing through ueen Victoria's diaries after her death so I can well see a pattern there I cannot be sure though because the biographies that I have read of Victorian times are all my contemporaries I think we now tend to be truthful since we can't hurt the person or their family any and also we don't have the same moral objections to human natureNot sure if I will read volume 2 in the future maybe I would go for a modern biography if I read another one but for now since I haven't read Martin Chuzzlewit yet I couldn't continue reading this one without meeting major spoilers Yes I think I almost forgot to say Forster's gives away important plot points for David Copperfield Oliver Twist The Old Curiosity Shop so reader beware and only read this biography if well versed in Dickens

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4 thoughts on “The Life of Charles Dickens

  1. Sara Sara says:

    Most of us are at least slightly acuainted with the works of Charles Dickens He is one of the great writers of the Victorian era and his books have become iconic works that still delight and amaze readers movie buffs and theater goers John Forster was his friend of some thirty four years Living in the Victorian age they wrote to one another and much of Forster’s memory of Dickens can be supported by a large volume of letters still in Forster’s keeping upon Dickens’ deathThe best parts of this biography for me were the excerpts from Dickens letters which sparkle just as his fictional writings do and ooze with personality Poor Forster is a bit on the dry side with much of his writing but his devotion to his friend could not be obvious which makes me like him uite a lotOf course if you want a balanced view of Charles Dickens and who he really was you would have to go further afield than this No negative event or action by Dickens will be revealed by John Forster which made me think of reading Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell’s biography of Charlotte Bronte However does it not say a lot about a man that he can secure the friendship of another and keep it for such a time and leaving this earth have someone who wants to tell everyone besides having a talent that was indisputable what a decent and good friend he was? There will be no such lines to eulogize me and Forster’s admiration extends far beyond Dickens’ obviously masterful writing abilities and is grounded in something that surpasses his fame and fortune It is one thing to look at a man from a distance and evaluate him without emotion and uite another to know the man intimately and wish to pass on to those who will not ever have any opportunity to know him so well the essence of who this man was to you I give Forster high marks for his desire to do this and his attempt to set the man Dickens on paper I have a best friend since the seventh grade we have been as close as possible; I know her secrets she knows mine If I were writing her biography I would not divulge anything that might be hurtful; I would tell the world she is wonderful and that would be the absolute truth From a personal view I understand; from a historical view you might need to supplement this biography with another written later by a strangerIf you have an interest in the creative process that produced Dickens’ great works Forster does a good job of giving you that He follows the appearance of the books in their chronology and spends some time on the process that Dickens goes through putting them on paper That he produced such timeless stories without any failure while under the enormous pressures of both finances and fame is remarkable The shameless manner in which people cheated him early on is reprehensible The details of his earliest days are captivating and the way in which he wove these experiences into his novels fascinatingDickens’ trip to America was enlightening but by far the least interesting portion of this volume You might think it would have been otherwise for me being an American but I found Dickens had really little appreciation for the States and I despair to think we might have been as backward and uncouth as he generally painted us Somehow I never think of Dickens and Washington Irving as contemporaries and Dickens’ view of our penal system of the time and how trains ran was not at all the way I had pictured Washington and Philadelphia at this time He did however meet John uincy Adams whom I would have presumed dead by this date so how surprising is that?Although I found parts of this a slog I am happy to have read this volume and hope to continue the subseuent ones to the end When I have done I will seek out A Life by Claire Tomalin to see how they differ and what details Forster thought best not to share regarding his dear friend Meanwhile Mr Dickens languishes in America while I get to close the volume and return to Victorian England if I so desire

  2. Petra Petra says:

    This is a difficult book for me to rate This book was written shortly after the death of Dickens and by a very close friend of his At this time hardly anything was known about Dickens' life thoughts or actions The information in this book would have been fresh new delightful and entertaining it would have given insight into the personal thoughts of a much beloved author The excerpts of Dickens' letters to John Forster are truly delightful They are full of humor delightful observations insightful social observations He sees humor in many everyday encounters and writes about them so well His letters are really heartfelt true and told as experienced The writing of John Forster on the other hand is very dry and exact He's also very careful to keep Dickens' personal wedded family life out of the eyes of the public This biography focusses on Dickens with barely a mention of wife kids and no mention of daily home life his writing his work in publication his daily activities We get a good feel for the man and his work; not so much of the man his family So a few up and downs throughout Well worth the read but I feel with a large element of the man missing However looking at this from the viewpoint of the original readers this would be a fascinating work with a multitude of looks into the inner thoughts and life of a much loved author

  3. Connie G Connie G says:

    Biographer John Forster was a very close friend of British writer Charles Dickens He gave Dickens legal and literary advice reading Dickens' works before they were published The two men corresponded regularly and Dickens' letters form the backbone of Forster's bookVolume 1 covers the time from Dickens' birth to the end of his first trip to America His novel David Copperfield has autobiographical elements from Dickens' early life Before Forster's book was published people did not know that Dickens' father was sent to debtors' prison and Dickens had to work in a blacking factory as a child These experiences helped form Dickens' concern for the poor prisoners and childrenA large portion of the book covers Dickens' trip to America in 1841 42 While he was traveling Dickens wrote long letters to Forster which were the basis of his American Notes For General Circulation Dickens' letters were colorful humorous opinionated and lively Forster uotes from these letters extensively in this biographySince he was such a close friend Forster gives us a very positive view of Dickens as a person He rarely mentions anything about Dickens' wife Kate or his home life This book is a wonderful source of information but colored by the bonds of friendship 35 stars

  4. France-Andrée France-Andrée says:

    A very dry biography by a close friend of Charles Dickens the prose just doesn't flow the only time it gets animated is when Mr Forster is uoting his subject I am very thankful that Charles Dickens wrote all those letters to his friend or this would have been excruciatingIn this volume Forster covers the years 1812 1842 that means from the birth of Dickens to his 30th year There's really interesting anecdotes and if they are an extract from a letter very amusing The author decided though to focus on the career and social life of CD and only in the citations do we get a little bit of the family life I don't know if the choice to only cover public life is a trend in Victorian biographies I know that Princess Beatrice went slashing through ueen Victoria's diaries after her death so I can well see a pattern there I cannot be sure though because the biographies that I have read of Victorian times are all my contemporaries I think we now tend to be truthful since we can't hurt the person or their family any and also we don't have the same moral objections to human natureNot sure if I will read volume 2 in the future maybe I would go for a modern biography if I read another one but for now since I haven't read Martin Chuzzlewit yet I couldn't continue reading this one without meeting major spoilers Yes I think I almost forgot to say Forster's gives away important plot points for David Copperfield Oliver Twist The Old Curiosity Shop so reader beware and only read this biography if well versed in Dickens

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