The Life of Charles Dickens: Volume 1, 1812-1842

The Life of Charles Dickens: Volume 1, 1812-1842

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John Forster (1812-76), an exact contemporary of Charles Dickens, was one of his closest friends, and acted for him (as for many other authors) as advisor, editor, proofreader, agent and marketing manager: according to Thackeray, 'whenever anyone is in a scrape we all fly to him for refuge. He is omniscient and works miracles.' Forster was Dickens' literary executor, and was left the manuscripts of many of the novels, which he in turn left (along with the rest of his magnificent library) to the South Kensington Museum (later the Victoria and Albert Museum). He was ideally placed to write a biography of Dickens, having known him since the 1830s, and having been involved in deeply private matters such as Dickens' separation from his wife. This three-volume account was first published between 1872 and 1874; the version of Volume 1 reissued here is the 'seventh edition' of more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 b/w illus.
  • 1139107879
  • 9781139107877

Table of contents

1. 1812-22. Childhood; 2. 1822-4. Hard experiences in boyhood; 3. 1824-30. School days and start in life; 4. 1831-5. Reporters' gallery and newspaper literature; 5. 1836. First book, and origin of Pickwick; 6. 1837. Writing the Pickwick Papers; 7. 1837 and 1838. Between Pickwick and Nickleby; 8. 1838. Oliver Twist; 9. 1838-9. Nicholas Nickleby; 10. 1838-9. During and after Nickleby; 11. 1839. New literary project; 12. 1840-1. The Old Curiosity Shop; 13. 1840. Devonshire Terrace and Broadstairs; 14. 1841. Barnaby Rudge; 15. 1841. Public dinner in Edinburgh; 16. 1841. Adventures in the Highlands; 17. 1841. Again at Broadstairs; 18. 1841. Eve of the visit to America; 19. 1842. First impressions of America; 20. 1842. Second impressions of America; 21. 1842. Philadelphia, Washington, and the South; 22. 1842. Canal boat journeys: bound Far West; 23. 1842. The Far West: to Niagara Falls; 24. 1842. Niagara and more