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August 09, 2013

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I'm excited about the invisible woman. The book's not bad. Why don't you like it?

In general, I'm not fond of the "Ooh look, the great man had a secret mistress!" kind of books and movies. Our gossip-oriented culture has such a way of treating such stories as if they're the only thing worth knowing about a person, and as if they undermine everything else he ever did in his life.

And the problem is compounded in this case because we actually know so very little about the relationship between Dickens and Ternan. About nine-tenths of what's out there, as the more rigorous scholars admit, is speculation. But speculation is so often treated as incontrovertible fact.

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