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The Life of Charles Dickens : Volume I (Illustrated) 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 England Has Produced, Was Born At Landport In Portsea On Friday, The Th Of February, His Father, John Dickens, A Clerk In The Navy Pay Office, Was At This Time Stationed In The Portsmouth Dockyard He Had Made Acquaintance With The Lady, Elizabeth Barrow, Who Became Afterwards His Wife, Through Her Elder Brother, Thomas Barrow, Also Engaged On The Establishment At Somerset House 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

10 thoughts on “The Life of Charles Dickens : Volume I (Illustrated)

  1. 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 observation 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

  2. 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 book.Volume 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 tha 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 book.Volume 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 children.A 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 quotes from these letters extensively in this biography.Since 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 3.5 stars

  3. 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 quoting his subject I am very thankful that Charles Dickens wrote all those letters to his friend or this would have been excruciating.In 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 thou 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 quoting his subject I am very thankful that Charles Dickens wrote all those letters to his friend or this would have been excruciating.In 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 Queen 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 betruthful since we can t hurt the person or their family any and also we don t have the same moral objections to human nature.Not sure if I will read volume 2 in the future maybe I would go for amodern 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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