The Friendly Dickens

The Friendly Dickens

Being A Good-natured Guide to the Art and Adventures of the Man Who Invented Scrooge

Book - 1998
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You might have read him in class, but the Victorians read Charles Dickens like we watch Melrose Place, and The Friendly Dickens will show you why. It is the ultimate pop reference to the Dickensian world of shrouded sex and ostentatious death, a book that will have you running in delight to dust off your Dickens.Norrie Epstein--whose The Friendly Shakespeare was called by The New York Times "spirited, informative and provocative"--opens up Dickens's life and times in all its squalor and glory, including his rise to greatness and occasional lapses from grace. She considers his works, major and minor, in decided lively fashion, not just reading, but reading between the lines:* Was Oliver Twist's Fagin a pederast?* What made A Christmas Carol's Tiny Tim so darn tiny?* How many of Dickens's child characters met an untimely end? (Hint: plenty.)Full of humor, skepticism, and expert opinions, with eye- catching illustrations, plenty of quotes, and sidebars on nearly every page, you will quickly become a Dickens authority--even if you've never read a word.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1998
ISBN: 9780670839438
0670839434
Branch Call Number: 823.009 Dic
Description: xvii, 427 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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GailRoger
Oct 25, 2011

I've owned Norrie Epstein's The Friendly Shakespeare for some years, and was delighted to discover she's done the same for Charles Dickens, that is, written a guide to Dickens' life and works that is thoroughly accessible, interesting and fun. It includes background to the novels, guides to the films made from the novel, and interviews with actors, scholars and other articulate people. You can read this through, or dip into it as you like. If you are fond of Dickens, or even if you are rather put off by him -- particularly if you are one of those unfortunate people who haven't read A Christmas Carol because it's "too long", you should probably get this book out of the library. I did (get it out of the library, I mean), and now plan to purchase it.

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