Charles Dickens: a life
(Audiobook on CD)

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Published:
[Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media, Inc., [2012].
Rating:
General adult.
Status:
Aurora Hills Audiovisual
CD 823 DICKENS TOMAL
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Description
When Charles Dickens died in 1870, The Times of London successfully campaigned for his burial in Westminster Abbey, the final resting place of England's kings and heroes. Thousands flocked to mourn the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth-century England. His books had made them laugh, shown them the squalor and greed of English life, and also the power of personal virtue and the strength of ordinary people. In his last years Dickens drew adoring crowds to his public appearances, had met presidents and princes, and had amassed a fortune.Like a hero from his novels, Dickens trod a hard path to greatness. Born into a modest middle-class family, his young life was overturned when his profligate father was sent to debtors' prison and Dickens was forced into harsh and humiliating factory work. Yet through these early setbacks he developed his remarkable eye for all that was absurd, tragic, and redemptive in London life. He set out to succeed, and with extraordinary speed and energy made himself into the greatest English novelist of the century.Years later Dickens's daughter wrote to the author George Bernard Shaw, "If you could make the public understand that my father was not a joyous, jocose gentleman walking about the world with a plum pudding and a bowl of punch, you would greatly oblige me." Seen as the public champion of household harmony, Dickens tore his own life apart, betraying, deceiving, and breaking with friends and family while he pursued an obsessive love affair.Charles Dickens: A Life gives full measure to Dickens's heroic stature-his huge virtues both as a writer and as a human being- while observing his failings in both respects with an unblinking eye. Renowned literary biographer Claire Tomalin crafts a story worthy of Dickens's own pen, a comedy that turns to tragedy as the very qualities that made him great-his indomitable energy, boldness, imagination, and showmanship-finally destroyed him. The man who emerges is one of extraordinary contradictions, whose vices and virtues were intertwined as surely as his life and his art.
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Format:
Audiobook on CD
Edition:
Unabridged.
Physical Desc:
13 audio discs (16.5 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781452608648
UPC:
9781452608648

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Title from container.
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Duration: 16:30:00.
Participants/Performers
Read by Alex Jennings.
Description
The tumultuous life of England's greatest novelist.
Target Audience
General adult.
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Compact discs.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Tomalin, C., & Jennings, A. (2012). Charles Dickens: a life. Unabridged. [Old Saybrook, Conn.]: Tantor Media, Inc.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Tomalin, Claire and Alex. Jennings. 2012. Charles Dickens: A Life. [Old Saybrook, Conn.]: Tantor Media, Inc.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Tomalin, Claire and Alex. Jennings, Charles Dickens: A Life. [Old Saybrook, Conn.]: Tantor Media, Inc, 2012.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Tomalin, Claire., and Alex Jennings. Charles Dickens: A Life. Unabridged. [Old Saybrook, Conn.]: Tantor Media, Inc, 2012.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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