• Title: Life of Charles Dickens
  • Author: John Forster
  • ISBN: 9789077932032
  • Page: 350
  • Format: None
  • Life of Charles Dickens John Forster English biographer and critic best known for his excellent Life of Charles Dickens Forster met Dickens in and became his close friend and adviser Dickens modeled Our Mu
    John Forster 1812 1876 , English biographer and critic, best known for his excellent Life of Charles Dickens Forster met Dickens in 1836, and became his close friend and adviser Dickens modeled Our Mutual Friend character John Podsnap on Forster, and his rooms are said to be the basis for the residence of lawyer Tulkinghorn in Bleak House From the Pickwick Papers onwarJohn Forster 1812 1876 , English biographer and critic, best known for his excellent Life of Charles Dickens Forster met Dickens in 1836, and became his close friend and adviser Dickens modeled Our Mutual Friend character John Podsnap on Forster, and his rooms are said to be the basis for the residence of lawyer Tulkinghorn in Bleak House From the Pickwick Papers onwards Forster saw the manuscripts of nearly all Dicken s novels before the were published, and Dickens appointed him as his literary executor.

    One Reply to “Life of Charles Dickens”

    1. A beautiful book, although overwhelming in size. I read about a fourth of the book before deciding to take a break. Will get it from the library again. Fascinating to read about Dickens from the viewpoint of his good friend John Forster. I look forward to reconnecting with it again later.

    2. This is the largest coffee table book I have ever seen! Dickens is my favorite author and I have read quite a bit about him, but I found quite a bit of new material here. Additionally, the alvish photos and illustrations are lovely.This is a great read for English majors.

    3. This book is guilty of being both a rush job and a historical marker as it gives little insights in Charles Dickens' mind from the point of view of a close friend, fellow author, pandering fan, and later executor of Dickens' will, John Forster. The biography also gives an additional insight into Dickens' work as a boy in the blacking factory, and his first trip to North America when he stopped in Halifax NS, and after a choppy sea crossing and having his ship run aground on the mud banks off NS, [...]

    4. It's a lovely coffee table book, full of quality illustrations and excerpts. I have John Forster's original biography. This new version is an edited version. But John Forster's biography tends to be obscure to modern readers, as he assumes too much prior knowledge of things that we have forgotten all about 150 years later. And he hints at family troubles when we all now are well aware that Ellen Ternan was the dark secret. The modern editor could have addressed this with a few footnotes. For me [...]

    5. Review title: Larger than lifeBut maybe not larger than this book. The title of my review is the tag line on the back cover of this one volume 500-page abridged edition on oversized pages printed on thick glossy paper, referring to its subject but also applicable to this book. It is large and have to hold to read, and you won't want to take it on your next plane trip.Forster was a long time friend and the first biographer of Dickens, close enough to be named as recipient of his manuscripts, copy [...]

    6. This book is not for everyone; since Forster was Dickens' friend and contemporary, this book is written in florid Victorian prose; I had to reread multiple paragraphs to grasp their meaning. And this is no modern tell-all, either. Forster manages to keep things very chaste by mostly using Dickens' personal correspondence as source material. He says little about the author's separation from his wife and practically nothing about the chippie young actress that Dickens [apparently] had an affair wi [...]

    7. This is a great biography by Dickens's friend John Forster, in an abridged edition, with many added illustrations, excerpts from his works, and critical pieces by authors from the last 150 years or so. The book itself has used many of the letters Dickens sent to Forster as its basis, giving first hand information about his writing processes and the life he lived. A really enjoyable read, though some details(such as Dickens's relationship with Ellen Ternan) were left out as being too 'personal', [...]

    8. I enjoyed this book, which gave me a peek into the life of one of my all-time favorite authors. This particular biography was compiled by one of Dickens's closest friends from his personal correspondence, and it accurately illustrated the ways that he worked in composing his works. I also had no idea that he was such a traveller or (indeed) that so much of his work was composed while he was abroad. If you like Dickens, this book is worth a look.

    9. Illustrations were great but I gave up reading halfway through. Wasn't expecting it to be so dry (the author was a contemporary of Dickens and seemed to be mostly bent on chronicling all kinds of trivial details about his life without providing much insight about anything else) The best bits were actually excerpts of Dickens' own writing, especially his letters about his trip to America.

    10. I enjoy all of John Forster's biographies, particularly the Life of Dickens and have previously read it unabriged. This is a beautiful edition. I would prefer it to be unabriged, but this edition is more for show than anything else and is a lovely piece for any Dickens lover.

    11. Three-volume biography by Dickens's friend and literary executor, John Forster, here abridged to one fully illustrated volume. A treat!

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