The Gospel in Dickens
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May 19, 2015

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I walked by her home in exile in Gloucester Crescent when I was in London last fall. It is very near the Camden Town tube station and home of the Cratchits back in the day. It is a lovely home in a very tony neighborhood; Claire Tomalin apparently lives nearby. But a lovely home does not make up for a lonely life in exile from her children and her husband. Although it has its detractors, Lillian Nayder's intelligent biography "The Other Dickens: The Life of Catherine Hogarth, presents Catherine in her own light, along with her sisters, and presents a feminine slant that I found fascinating and refreshing, and shows some of the hardships that even a well-to-do Victorian woman had to endure (although Catherine's later life travails were probably more extreme than many).

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