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Dickens

(1990)
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Charles Dickens's life is a story of rags to riches, complete with bankruptcy, prison, forced child labour, and fame and fortune overshadowed by guilt and secrecy - rather like the plot of one of his novels. Indeed, Dickens drew strongly on his own experiences as the source for much of his fiction. Here the author offers a fresh view of Dickens's remarkable life story. Dickens's novels brim with references: they are located in the places he lived in and visited, peopled with characters he knew, and inspired by the preoccupations that haunted his mind. Ackroyd highlights the reality of Victorian life, warts and all, and the issues that sparked Dickens's fervent calls for social reform; and he also charts the influential landmarks of that era, such as the coming of the railways, the effects upon society of the industrial revolution and the expansion of the British Empire. Dickens was a complex personality. He apparently had everything - fame, success, wealth - but he died harbouring the great sadness he had carried with him all his life, and he was humble enough to forbid a grand funeral. Like many eminent Victorians, he led a double life. Although he insisted that nothing in the newspapers he edited should offend his middle-class readers, he regularly indulged in dubious night-time escapades with fellow-author Wilkie Collins and, for the final 13 years of his life, kept a secret mistress, Ellen Ternan.

    

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March 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Dickens: Public Life & Private Passions
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-59258-002-5 / 978-1-59258-002-6 (USA edition)
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May 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Dickens: Public Life and Private Passion
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-563-53473-7 / 978-0-563-53473-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Books
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September 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: Dickens
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-85619-000-5 / 978-1-85619-000-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd
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November 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: Dickens: Christmas Edition
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-85619-027-7 / 978-1-85619-027-5 (UK edition)
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November 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Christmas Memory: One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor (Modern Library)
Author(s): Truman Capote
ISBN: 0-679-60237-2 / 978-0-679-60237-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Modern Library
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January 1991 : USA Hardback

Title: Dickens
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-06-016602-9 / 978-0-06-016602-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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February 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dickens: Public Life and Private Passion
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-59258-215-X / 978-1-59258-215-0 (USA edition)
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October 2005 : USA Paperback

Title: Dickens: Public Life and Private Passion
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 1-59258-118-8 / 978-1-59258-118-4 (USA edition)
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April 2005 : UK Paperback

Title: Dickens:
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-09-945528-5 / 978-0-09-945528-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dickens: Abridged
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-09-943709-0 / 978-0-09-943709-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dickens
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7493-0647-5 / 978-1-895246-01-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dickens
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7493-1685-3 / 978-0-7493-1685-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mandarin
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1622 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dickens: Private Life and Public Passions
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-06-092265-6 / 978-0-06-092265-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perennial
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September 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dickens
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7493-9157-X / 978-0-7493-9157-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Minerva
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March 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Dickens - Public Life and Private Passion
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-563-53699-3 / 978-0-563-53699-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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