29 April 2007

Charles Dickens

The new Very Interesting People series from Oxford University Press provides authoritative bite-sized biographies of Britain's most fascinating historical figures. These are people whose influence and importance have stood the test of time. Each book in the series is based on the biographical entry from the world-famous Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Michael Slater sketches the main outline of Dickens' life - the boyhood in Chatham and Rochester, his love of reading and amateur theatricals, and then the shocking, seminal event in his young life when his father was put into the Marshalsea debtor's prison and Dickens himself was set to work in a blacking factory, sticking labels on bottles. This was an event which was to shape much of his later fiction, as well as his own psychology and his attitudes to social reform... Read more >>

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skipper said...

You make the series sound really good value Roy; can you mention other titles in it?

Roy said...

Yep! The first group to be published includes: Shakespeare, George Eliot, Dickens, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Elizabeth I, George III, Disraeli, Christopher Wren, and John Ruskin.

With lots more to come.