Dickens: Public Life and Private Passion

Author(s): Peter Ackroyd


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.

The acclaimed chronicler of London, Peter Ackroyd, explores the life and times of Charles Dickens, the great Victorian author. It is a story of rags to riches, demonstrating how much Dickens drew upon his own experiences in his fiction and what drove him to call for social reform.

In this stunning new biogrphay Ackroyd introduces Dickens's remarkable life story. Dickens had everything - fame, success and riches - but he died harbouring the deep sadness he had experienced all his life. He was a mercurial character; with enormous vitality, wit and humour but he also had a sense of loss and longing that would constantly reiterate itself in his work.



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General Fields

  • : 9780563534730
  • : bbc
  • : bbc
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Ackroyd
  • : Hardback
  • : 2002