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The Resource Charles Dickens, Jane Smiley

Charles Dickens, Jane Smiley

Label
Charles Dickens
Title
Charles Dickens
Statement of responsibility
Jane Smiley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • With the delectable wit, unforgettable characters, and challenging themes that have won her a Pulitzer Prize and national bestseller status, Jane Smiley finds a kindred spirit in the author of classics such as Great expectations and A Christmas carol. As "his novels shaped his life as much as his life shaped his novels," Smiley's Charles Dickens is at once a sensitive profile of the great master and a fascinating meditation on the writing life. Smiley evokes Dickens as he might have seemed to his contemporaries: convivial, astute, boundlessly energetic-and lionized. As she makes clear, Dickens not only led the action-packed life of a prolific writer, editor, and family man but, balancing the artistic and the commercial in his work, he also consciously sustained his status as one of the first modern "celebrities." Charles Dickens offers brilliant interpretations of almost all the major works, an exploration of his narrative techniques and his innovative voice and themes, and a reflection on how his richly varied lower-class cameos sprang from an experience and passion more personal than his public knew. Jane Smiley touches, too, on controversial details that include Dickens's obsession with money and squabbles with publishers, his unhappy marriage, and the rumors of an affair. Here is a fresh look at the dazzling personality of a verbal magician and the fascinating times behind the classics we read in school and continue to enjoy today
  • "With the delectable wit, unforgettable characters, and challenging themes that have won her a Pulitzer Prize and national bestseller status, Jane Smiley naturally finds a kindred spirit in the author of such classics as Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. Because "his novels shaped his life as much as his life shaped his novels," Smiley's Charles Dickens is at once a sensitive profile of the great master and a fascinating meditation on the writing life." "Smiley evokes Dickens as he might have seemed to his contemporaries: convivial, astute, boundlessly energetic - and lionized. As she makes clear, Dickens not only led the action-packed life of a prolific writer, editor, and family man, but, balancing the artistic and the commercial in his work, he also consciously sustained his status as one of the first modern "celebrities."" "Charles Dickens offers brilliant interpretations of almost all the major works, an exploration of Dickens's narrative techniques and his innovative voice and themes, and a reflection on how his richly varied lower-class cameos sprang from an experience and passion more personal than his public knew. Jane Smiley's own "demon narrative intelligence" (The Boston Globe) touches, too, on controversial details that include Dickens's obsession with money, his squabbles with publishers, his unhappy marriage, and the rumors of an affair."--BOOK JACKET
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smiley, Jane
Dewey number
  • 823/.8
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR4581
LC item number
.S616 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
A Penguin life
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Novelists, English
  • Dickens, Charles
Label
Charles Dickens, Jane Smiley
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Lipper/Viking book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-212)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
47739114
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
viii, 212 pages
Isbn
9780670030774
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001045607
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Charles Dickens, Jane Smiley
Publication
Note
"A Lipper/Viking book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-212)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
47739114
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
viii, 212 pages
Isbn
9780670030774
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001045607
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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