In this extensive study of Dickens' childhood and youth, Hibbert sets down all that is known of those early years...over and above the blacking factory and the school we all know. In revealing how Dickens transferred the smallest fragments of his experience to his fiction, how he interpreted his youth to his readers and himself, and how those crucial years affected him as a writer and as a man, Hibbert throws a clear light on the creative process and the sources of literary imagination. His book illuminates a complex and baffling man without at any point suggesting that his writing and his actions explain his inner life entirely. Tracing Dickens through his thirty-third year, an epilogue completes the story of his life.
"Hibbert writes with skill and wit, entertaining and instructing in equal measure." (Los Angeles Times)
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If anyone questions the generally accepted belief that the prolific British author put a great deal of his own life into his fiction, Hibbert's study will remove all doubt. Drawing from letters, interviews, and public records, Hibbert juxtaposes Dickens's first 33 years with liberal quotations from his books, offering fascinating insights into the author's works. David Case's heavy reading of a serious study both suits the work, and undermines it. In a voice heavy with drawn-out syllables and exaggerated pacing, he often misses the point of the words he so carefully polishes. In reading the many quotes from Dickens's novels, he offers a spirited and entertaining performance of their characters, but his "performance" of Christopher Hibbert misses the author's delight in his discoveries. R.P.L. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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