This year is the bicentenary of the birth of British author Charles Dickens, who was born on February 7, 1812. This landmark event has inspired the publication of a number of books on Dickens’ life and career. Here are a few that we own and recommend.
Claire Tomalin’s biography, Charles Dickens: a Life, was published last fall and received excellent reviews. (B Dickens)
Becoming Dickens by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst tells the story of how an ambitious young Londoner became England’s greatest novelist. (B Dickens)
The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens, edited by Jenny Hartley, is a collection of 450 letters that provide insight into Dickens’ life and career. (823.8 DIC)
Finally, Dickens’s London by Peter Clark will take the armchair traveler to the historical London neighborhoods and haunts that feature in Dickens’ works.