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Becoming Dickens by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.. This author investigates the creative cusp of character and consequence in Dickens’ novels and in the famous author’s life. As popular as Shekespeare, it’s hard to pin Dickens down, let alone his imaginative genesis, but is a rewarding effort.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Rightly rejecting familiar accounts of Dickens's life, Douglas-Fairhurst's biography shows us the forlorn and driven young Dickens, restless and uncertain, who could not yet choose what was to become his inevitable mode of composing fiction. I recommend it highly."

Harold Bloom

"[A] revealing and groundbreaking study, which succeeds by focusing, narrowly, on the early years in Dickens's career as a writer in the 1830s."

The New York Times

Author bio: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is Fellow and Tutor in English, Magdalen College, Oxford. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Nonfiction Thriller; (389 pp. Dickensian: Print only)

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