Author: Paul Schlicke
Publisher: Simply Charly
Publishing Date: 2016
The quintessential Victorian author, Charles Dickens not only created some of the most vivid characters in English classic literature, but he also lived his own life with a zest and drama that were novelistic in their intensity. In Simply Dickens, author Paul Schlicke explores the fascinating link between Dickens the writer and Dickens the person—a dynamic and driven social reformer who worked to improve the living conditions of the poor.
Paul Schlicke is the author of Dickens and Popular Entertainment and the editor of the Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens, and has served as president of the Dickens Society and the Dickens Fellowship, and as chairman of the trustees of the Charles Dickens Museum. Prior to his retirement in 2010, he taught English at the University of Aberdeen for 40 years.
Paul Schlicke, an internationally renowned Dickens scholar, celebrates 200 years since the birth of one of Britain's most popular authors. He draws together an unparalleled diversity of information on one of Britain's greatest writers, covering his life and work, He throws new and often unexpected light on the most familiar of Dickens's works, and explores the experiences, events, and literature which influenced him.
Seriously a delightful and persuasive read in giving Charles Dickens a try. I'm not a Dickens fan thus the bigger challenge is persuading someone who doesn't care about Dickens, nor likes him into giving him a try, which this book almost did, successfully. Few years back I tried to read two of Dickens' books, namely A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. Unfortunately I didn't like either of the books, but reading the book gave me understanding into how and why he remains such a popular and well known author. Maybe in the future I might be persuaded into giving him another try, but not now.
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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)