The Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Dickens: A Modern Guide to Britain's Most Famous Novelist (Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companions)

The Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Dickens: A Modern Guide to Britain's Most Famous Novelist (Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companions)

By: Brian Murray (author)Paperback

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Charles Dickens belongs to an exclusive literary club: he was immensely popular when he was alive, and his work has never fallen out of fashion. His books have been in print for over 140 years, and are widely read and admired every day, the world over. His larger than life style and over-the-top characters have inspired countless authors; his work has been adapted into plays, film and television - there are over 25 versions of "A Christmas Carol" alone!A vital part of English literature's history, Charles Dickens is a natural choice for Continuum's Bedside treatment, and Brian Murray, an expert in Dickens and 19th- and 20th-century British literature, is the perfect tour guide into the wonderful world of all things Dickensian. Featuring countless fun facts and 175 illustrations - including photos, stills, and cartoons - this is the perfect gift for the literature lover in your life.

About Author

Brian Murray is the author of H.G Wells and Charles Dickens: Literature and Life, and a contributor and adviser to the Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century and The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature. His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and popular publications, including First Things, The Weekly Standard, and The Baltimore Sun.


Part 1 - The Inimitable Icon; "Life with Father"; What Gets Blacked in a Blacking Factory?; Dickens's Bookshelf; Sidebar: Dickens's Favourite Books; From the Gallery - Dickens's work as a Parliamentary reporter; Sidebar: A Short Look at Shorthand; "I'll Never Stop Saying Maria"--rejection by Maria Beadnell; Capsule: Sketches by Boz (1836); The Boz Style; Capsule: The Pickwick Papers (1836); Men with Pens: Dickens's Illustrators; Part 2 continues a Virtual Walking Tour to places associated with Dickens's life and work; Includes Capsules on Life and Adventures of Nichloas Nickleby (1830), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840), Barnaby Rudge (1841); "Who Was Gordon and Why Did He Riot?" anti-Catholicism in Dickens's Day; Capsule: Martin Chuzzlewit (1844); Sidebar: A Dickens's Crossword Puzzle; Part 3 continues the Walking Tour and includes Capsules of David; Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, et al.; Sidebar: Dickens and W. C. Fields; Sidebar: Dickens in Nighttown; Was Dickens a Liberal or a Conservative?; Sidebar: Dickens on Film; "Diagnosis Exhaustion" A look at the medical reasons for Dickens's death at the relatively early age of 58; Dickens's Literary Descendents; (This is a truncated description, leaving much out, but providing a good sense of this book.).

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826418821
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780826418821
  • ISBN10: 0826418821

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