By Lucinda Hawksley (Author)
Written by Charles Dickens’ great-great-great granddaughter, this illustrated biography—with more than 20 images from his personal archive—delves deeply into the author’s private life, and reveals how he created some of the world’s most beloved novels. It follows Dickens from early childhood, including his time as a child laborer, and his journey to becoming the greatest celebrity of his age. Lucinda Dickens Hawksley takes an intimate look at what he was like as a husband, a father, a friend, and an employer; his longing to be an actor; his travels across North America; his year living in Italy; and his great love of France. In addition to Dickens himself, readers meet his fascinating family and his astonishing circle of friends—and will discover how real-life events and personalities were woven into his art.
Reissue, with previously removable documents now printed on the page.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Lucinda Dickens Hawksley is the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens and patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. She has written more than 20 books, including Lizzie Siddal: The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel, March Women March, Dickens and Christmas, and Katey: The Life and Loves of Dickens’s Artist Daughter. A part-time lecturer as well as a writer, Lucinda is an expert in Dickens’ family life and was recently awarded a fellowship to study the life of Augustus Dickens (Charles’s brother and the original “Boz”) at the Newberry Library in Chicago.