The Life and Lies of Charles Dickens
by Helena Kelly
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Pub Date 02 Nov 2023 | Archive Date Not set
Think you already know the story of Charles Dickens’ life? Think again. Almost everything you’re familiar with was first mentioned in an authorised biography written by Dickens’ close friend John Forster 150 years ago. It’s the version of events that Dickens himself chose to make public, and newly accessible archives reveal that it’s crammed with gaps, inconsistencies, and outright lies. There’s the sister whose existence Dickens kept secret and the Jewish relations whose faith he strove to conceal. There’s plagiarism, fraud, and suicide. And that’s only for starters.
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