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Simply Dickens The Quintessential Victorian Author, Charles Dickens Not Only Created Some Of The Most Vivid Characters In English Classic Literature, But He Also Lived His Own Life With A Zest And Drama That Were Novelistic In Their Intensity In Simply Dickens, Author Paul Schlicke Explores The Fascinating Link Between Dickens The Writer And Dickens The Person A Dynamic And Driven Social Reformer Who Worked To Improve The Living Conditions Of The Poor.Paul Schlicke Is The Author Of Dickens And Popular Entertainment And The Editor Of The Oxford Companion To Charles Dickens, And Has Served As President Of The Dickens Society And The Dickens Fellowship, And As Chairman Of The Trustees Of The Charles Dickens Museum Prior To His Retirement In 2010, He Taught English At The University Of Aberdeen For 40 Years.

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    Review copy kindly provided by Charles Carlini, publisher of the Great Lives series.Charles Dickens was a literary figure who was a legend in his own time This writer of immense novels was recognized as larger than life when he was still alive Even the biographies made about him are of epic proportions the year after he died, his friend John Forster wrote a three volume work on his life And that trend continues to this very day one need only think of works written by such noted scholars as Peter Ackroyd, Michael Slater and Claire Tomalin Therefore it is not only surprising but gratifying to see a solid scholarly work on the life of this author which is less than a hundred pages, and which gives even the uninitiated reader a good idea as to what made Dickens tick.It must have been a daunting task to try to sum up the existence of one who, even today, is obviously still so much than the sum of his parts But Paul Schlicke rises to the task admirably He does not attempt a sprawling blow by blow accoun...

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    Review Title Dickens literary biography, simply doneThe Simply Charly series of outline introduction to famous literary, historical, and scientific figures is named for the publisher Charles Carlini, not Charles Dickens the subject of this installment if the series But the title applies to the material as well This is not an exhaustive or detailed biography of Dickens, nor is it intended to be It is an accessible introduction to the man and his writing for those who are new to him, and in that it succeeds admirably well.For those who have an interest in going further, Schlicke, whose credentials are well established in the Dickensian world for previous in depth books about Dickens and his position on the board of the Charles Dickens House Museum on Doughty Street in London, has provided a bibliography for further reading that links to those exhaustive and detailed biographies for those who wish to continue deeper into Dickens I recommend Claire Tomalin s excellent biography as the best of the full length biographies for her feeling of who the man was indeed Tomalin may be the foremost literary biographer of our time her Samuel Pepys shines as well.Here in this volume is a 100 page introduction that provides an outline of the facts of the life but importantly what those facts meant to Dickens s writing and to read...

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    Several enormous biographies of Dickens have been published over the years, rivalling his novels in length By contrast, this little book crams his life and work into only around 100 pages quite a tall order I wasn t quite sure what to expect, and initially wondered if the book might be mainly for newcomers to Dickens, rather than for a lifelong fan like me.However, despite the short length, this book told me plenty of things I didn t know The author, Paul Schlicke, is an authority on Dickens who edited the The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens Anniversary Edition, and his passion for his subject comes across loud and clear He often chooses great quotations which give a flavour of Dickens s writing, even though he has so little space to work with While the book does follow roughly chronological order, it also breaks Dickens s life up into themed sections So, for instance, there is a chapter on Dickens the Traveller , looking at his journeys through America and Italy, and another on his work as a social activist All of these contain a lot of fascinating material, and it s quite amazing how much Schlicke manages to get into just a few pages The chapter on Dicke...

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    I enjoyed this 97 page foray into the life of the noted author Charles Dickens The author, a Dickens scholar, has presented a brief yet insightful look into one of the greatest novelists of all time I learned that the early deaths of relatives as well as being separated from his family caused Dickens to consider childhood as precious and precarious hence he wrote convincingly of the worlds of David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Little Nell The reader learns that in David Copperfield, Dickens drew upon his own past directly than anywhere in his published writing.Dickens was a journalist all his life besides being a prolific, successful author and actively engaged with the theater During travels in American, he crossed over into Canada, where he immersed himself in theatricals in Montreal Public readings of his work not only provided an income for his growing family, but also resulted in ...

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    Simply Dickens Paul SchlickeA very interesting biography of Charles Dickens I learned a few new things from this book.The narration was well done, but a little bland Joff Manning reads well I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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    With a short overview of Dickens life and career, this account focuses on the roots of his writing through the lens of personal experience We also see how much passion Dickens has for the theater, public readings and social activism.For full review, please visit

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    Simply Charly is a fantastic publisher that likes to explore history s greatest movers and shakers They publish books about authors, scientists, artists, and so on Though I m sure several volumes could be filled on each distinguished person, Simply Charly condenses the information down to an informative but short book Each book is written by a knowledgeable author For example, Paul Schlicke, the author of Simply Dickens, has written several books on Dickens and served as president of the Dickens Society He has many other accomplishments that point back to Dickens as well If you have a question about Charles Dickens, he d be the man to ask Simply Dickens is less than one hundred pages I wondered how much information Schlicke could include in such a brief book on such a well known author The answer a lot I was impressed with the wide variety of topics that were included From Dickens personal life to his great works of literature Schlic...

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    I m a lifelong Dickens fan I read Oliver Twist when I was eleven I don t think the adults in my life knew how dark the story is and never looked back I love his humour, the passion of his social conscience and the immersive Victorian world he depicts.I ve read a few biographies of Dickens over the years but this short one by Paul Schlicke demonstrates his keen knowledge of the man and his literary works without bogging down the reader in a swamp of references or issues unlikely to be of interest outside university English Lit departments My son, age 12, will be studying Great Expectations next year and this would be good background reading for him or any reader who would like an introduction to his life and times.I had the impression that his father was a bit of a deadbeat dad so was interested to learn here that although yes he spent time in debtors prison he held a naval pay office post before that and worked as a journalist after prison for the rest of his life He withdrew Dickens from that infamous boot blacking factory, against his mother s wishes, and Dickens got his first writing job, writing fillers, on his father s newspaper.The writer in me had a chuckle when I learned that his first sketch by Boz was for no pay and no byline things haven t changed much since the 1800s.The book covers all the main events in his life, the key people, and the ups and downs of his publications both in ...

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    You may read this book review on my blog here Simply Dickens by Paul Schlicke Book reviewI have received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest book review Simplycharly.com are the people who provide an insightful look at the life of Scholars which includes authors, scientist, and artists So let s check out about this book.Summary Charles Dicken is the literary fame whose works still speak aloud His books are on the TBR list of every bookworm This book is the short compilation of his life and work.The author of this book Paul Schlicke is an internationally renowned Dickens scholar In this book, the author has also talked about the various events of his life which become a source of inspiration to pen down the various characters of his novels.Dicken born in the middle class family has to leave the school and work in the blacking factory The book Oliver twist is mostly inspired from this phase of his life.The author has also written about his personal life and his rud affairs His separation from his wife How Charles Dicken who have started his careers with the Serial publication of The Pickwick Papers becomes the most renowned literary face Great Expectation, Christmas Carol, A tale of two cities are some of his greatest works.Charles Dicken was not only the author but he was the journalist, editor, traveler, actor, and the social activist His novels mostly depict the reality and social condition.Writing style The boo...

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    If you re like me, you probably had to read Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities for school You may have used Oliver as a way to guilt your parents into giving you a second cookie by making a sad face and saying, Please, can I have some But like me, you probably never gave much thought to the man behind the stories.That was, until I read this book Because Dickens, as I soon discovered, was not just an author and a classroom fixture He was, as I learned after an entire Saturday morning spent reading, a schoolboy, law clerk, reporter, playwright, traveler, social activist, and nature lover In fact, he had many quirks and character traits that surprised me including his love for toasted cheese sandwiches and his involvement in the Pickwick Papers, a comedy series that mocked cockney sporting life.The author, Paul Schlicke, is clearly knowledgeable about Dickens and his work, as shown by the impressive sources and bibliography His writing is smooth, charming, and engaging This book is divided into themed sections, and each is a short and easy read From Dickens the Traveler to Dickens in the 1840s to Dickens as a social activist, Schlicke introduces us to the great and dynamic character of Dickens, proving he was much than a name heard often in English class.Whether you are a student looking for an excellent school project source, a Trivial Pursuit expert who wants to gain an advantage on friends and family, or as in my case...

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