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Charles Dickens, by George Watkins, 1858

Dickens of London: The Life and Works of Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was the most famous novelist of his age and is recognised by many as the greatest English writer after Shakespeare. But Dickens was more than just a creator of memorable and colourful characters – he was essentially a subversive writer, spending his life fighting tyranny and injustice.

Susannah Fullerton tells the tale of his rise from the blacking factory (where 12 year old Charles slaved for 6 shillings a week) to his position of successful novelist and lecturer. There is also the story of his hidden mistress, his troubled marriage and his desperate anxiety to keep the affection of his public.

The life, the world and the works of Charles Dickens are vividly portrayed.

 

image: Charles Dickens by George Herbert Watkins, born 1828 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons