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DICKENS, C.: Portrait in Letters (A) (Unabridged)

Author(s):Dickens, Charles
Artist(s) Callow, Simon, Reader
Genre Spoken Word
Category Non-Fiction
Catalogue NA0116
Label Naxos AudioBooks
Quality   48kbps

Those who only know Charles Dickens from his novels will be fascinated to discover the private and personal Dickens in this selection of his letters. His sister-in-law Georgina Hogarth thought they expressed his individuality; his friend Forster thought them literature. They give us a portrait of a complex man with so many different facets to his personality, ranging from the serious, when discussing social issues, to the outrageously humorous when writing merely to entertain his many friends. 200 years after his birth he still enlightens and entertains us.


Review By Rachel Redford,The Oldie,October 2012

Dickens leaps out from these letters as a man of energy and empathy. He’s horrified by the levity of the crowd at a barbarous public execution ‘as though the name of Christ had never been heard’; disgusted by the universal expectoration in America which left drawing-room carpets as if they’d been covered in oysters; indelibly marked by tending a dying man after the Staplehurst train crash. Above all, he’s a superb dramatist, which makes Simon Callow an inspired choice of narrator. © 2012 The Oldie


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