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Charles Dickens: The Dickens Bicentenary 1812-2012

by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

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This book, written by the great-great-great granddaughter of Dickens, is a visual feast in honor of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. Here is what Amazon.UK says about it:

"Charles Dickens" is the definitive illustrated guide to the man and his works. It follows Dickens from early childhood, including his time spent as a child labourer, and looks at how he became the greatest celebrity of his age - and how he still remains recognized as one of England's greatest celebrities, even in the twenty-first century. The book also takes an intimate look at what he was like as a husband, a father, a friend and an employer; at his longing to be an actor, at his travels across North America, his year spent living in Italy and his great love of France. Alongside Dickens himself, readers will meet his fascinating family and his astonishing circle of friends - and will discover when and how life and real-life personalities were imitated in Dickens' art. The cast of characters in "Charles Dickens" embraces an incredible array of famous - and occasionally infamous - Victorians. This exploration is made all the more special by the inclusion of rare, removable facsimile items from Dickens's life, including his hand corrected proof manuscripts and his original design for his writing table.
You have to buy it through sellers in the US, and it is spendy:


It is only sold through amazon.co.uk. But it is so beautiful! There are replicas of actual manuscripts tucked inside pockets.

Thankfully my library had it, and I was the fifth person to check it out. Sadly, it came the day before I was to leave on vacation. So, I interrupted my reading of Hard Times (I figured Charles would not mind) and read it in the car on our two hour round trip to Eugene and back and feasted!

If you are a lover of Dickens, you will LOVE this book!!!! ( )
  Carolfoasia | Jul 22, 2012 |
Many people have a love-hate relationship with Charles Dickens. He is one of those authors who used their work as a platform for social change. If you've ever read one of his novels you know where he stood on the social issues facing that time. However he was a very fascinating man. His early life and misfortunes molded him into the author he was to become. So many of his novels reflected his character.
February 7, 2012 was Charles Dickens' Bicentenary. Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and Insight Editions has put out this phenomenal book to commemorate Dickens' life. Lucinda Hawksley is the great, great, great granddaughter of Charles Dickens. She is an expert when it comes to the Dickens'. In this book she collaborated with The Charles Dickens Museum in London. The book is full or photographs, replicas of play bills, news papers, manuscript excerpts, letters and much more. This book is a treasure chest of all things Dickens. This is a book you will read over and over again each time discovering something new.
This book also goes into detail on the people in Dickens' life as well as the influences that inspired his many novels. I truly enjoyed this book and everything it has to offer. I felt like a kid at Christmas time reading this book. This is the perfect book to add to any collection and to be displayed. ( )
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A biography that reveals Dickens the man through the profession in which he excelled. Drawing on a study of this prodigiously brilliant figure, it explores the personal and emotional life, the high-profile public activities, the relentless travel, the charitable works, the amateur theatricals and the astonishing productivity of Charles Dickens.… (more)

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