Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist

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Becoming Dickens tells the story of how an ambitious young Londoner became England's greatest novelist. In following the twists and turns of Charles Dickens's early career, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst examines a remarkable double transformation: in reinventing himself Dickens reinvented the form of the novel. It was a high-stakes gamble, and Dickens never forgot how differently things could have turned out. Like the hero of Dombey and Son, he remained haunted by "what might have been, and what was not." In his own lifetime, ...

Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist
2013, The Belknap Press, Cambridge, Mass.

ISBN-13: 9780674072237

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Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist
2011, The Belknap Press, Cambridge, Mass.

ISBN-13: 9780674050037

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