Charles Dickens: The Making of a Literary Giant: The Making of a Literary Giant

Charles Dickens The Making of a Literary Giant The Making of a Literary Giant With passion and wit Christopher Hibbert details the crucial years that formed Dickens the writer and Dickens the man He explains how Dickens transferred the smallest fragments of his experience to h

  • Title: Charles Dickens: The Making of a Literary Giant: The Making of a Literary Giant
  • Author: Christopher Hibbert John Sutherland
  • ISBN: 9780230614260
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • With passion and wit, Christopher Hibbert details the crucial years that formed Dickens the writer and Dickens the man He explains how Dickens transferred the smallest fragments of his experience to his fiction, and how he interpreted his youth for both himself and his readers, throwing a clear light on the creative process and sources of literary imagination An illumiWith passion and wit, Christopher Hibbert details the crucial years that formed Dickens the writer and Dickens the man He explains how Dickens transferred the smallest fragments of his experience to his fiction, and how he interpreted his youth for both himself and his readers, throwing a clear light on the creative process and sources of literary imagination An illuminating look at a complex and baffling person, fans of literary biography will relish Hibbert s acclaimed style as he delivers the fascinating tale of Dickens development.

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    1. Christopher Hibbert rightly has a significant place in the pantheon of great 20th century biographers and he deservedly remains one of the most popular and widely read. It is not just because he was a brilliant researcher, always being careful and absolutely thorough in his consideration of all relevant primary source material, nor - more impressively - his incredible, frankly astonishingly wide range of subjects (over 60 books published in his lifetime, many of which have remained in print sinc [...]

    2. An exhilarating study of how Charles Dickens became the greatest novelist of his time beginning with his unhappy schooldays and his sorry experiences at Warren's Blacking Factory and culminating with his early death at Gad's Hill Place.Using extracts from many of his novels it is clear how much autobiography there is in Dickens' works and the author blends in Dickens' experiences in every walk of life so that the complex, manic depressive Dickens comes very much alive both in the work itself and [...]

    3. I really struggled with the first half of this book. The author's approach to covering the early years of Dickens' childhood was just to use really long passages from a number of his novels. I didn't feel like these passages really added that much to the description of Dickens' life and I would have preferred the author use less quotations and more facts about his life or the times. The second half of the book was much less quote-laden but skimmed over Dickens' adult years so quickly that I didn [...]

    4. One does not realize the degree of autobiographical information is in the writings of Charles Dickens except for the book of David Copperfield. Hibbert's book reveals this aspect of the books while revealing the humanity of the author. The personality of Charles Dickens is revealed as is the burden of responsibility caused when so many of his family were Micawber's while he earned money to support so many.

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