Charles Dickens

Jane Smiley, Author
Jane Smiley, Author Viking Books $22.95 (212p) ISBN 978-0-670-03077-4
Reviewed on: 05/13/2002
Release date: 05/01/2002
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Two men who towered over the 19th century are the subjects of new Penguin Lives biographies coming in May. Novelist Jane Smiley's Charles Dickens aims to give a new perspective on the Victorian author, who, she says, was perhaps ""the first true celebrity in the modern sense."" Instead of giving a chronological account of his life, Smiley (The Age of Grief) presents the man as his contemporaries would have known him, addressing more intimate issues, like his painful childhood, only as they come up in his novels, and showing how he crafted his public persona as carefully as he did his literary creations. Smiley offers her own readings of many of his works. 5-city author tour. ( on sale May 13)
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