The Friendly Dickens

The Friendly Dickens

Being A Good-natured Guide to the Art and Adventures of the Man Who Invented Scrooge

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Interweaves historical and biographical background to comment on Dicken's body of work and Victorian eccentricities

Book News
Another in the "friendly" series popularizing and demystifying classic authors, this volume offers tips on reading Dickens, describes his life, and offers observations and lore connected with the many fascinating characters he created. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

& Taylor

The author of The Friendly Shakespeare offers a lively, gossipy guide to the life, work, and times of Charles Dickens, rife with humor, expert opinion, eye-catching illustrations, quotations, and plenty of fascinating sidebars.

Publisher: New York : Viking, c1998
ISBN: 9780670839438
Branch Call Number: 823.8 EPS
Characteristics: xvii, 427 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Oct 25, 2011

I've owned Norrie Epstein's The Friendly Shakespeare for some years, and was delighted to discover she's done the same for Charles Dickens, that is, written a guide to Dickens' life and works that is thoroughly accessible, interesting and fun. It includes background to the novels, guides to the films made from the novel, and interviews with actors, scholars and other articulate people. You can read this through, or dip into it as you like. If you are fond of Dickens, or even if you are rather put off by him -- particularly if you are one of those unfortunate people who haven't read A Christmas Carol because it's "too long", you should probably get this book out of the library. I did (get it out of the library, I mean), and now plan to purchase it.


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