The Gospel in Dickens
Click the image to order my book!

« Of law and lawyers | Main | Charles Dickens, poet »

August 09, 2013


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

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.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)