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June 01, 2014


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Gina: this is a great review of a book well worth reading. I often recommend Callow to people who ask me what Dickens biographies they should read, because the actor can't help but see theatre in every line Dickens wrote. I'm not much for the names, dates, kings and queens style (Edgar Johnson), preferring the vectored approach of this book, along with the excellent "Becoming Dickens" and Michael Slater's journalism-centered volume from several years ago. Thanks for calling attention to this, and giving yet another shout-out to Colledge's excellent work on Dickens and religion.

I really enjoyed Callow's book,I love his exuberance and passion for Dickens.

He gave an interesting talk on Dickens at the Museum of London a couple of years ago around the time his book came out.

You can listen to it here:

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