Charles Dickens - A Life

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0120111128

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed new biography of Britain's great novelist paints a portrait of an extraordinarily complex man.

Today's theme is Dickens' troubled childhood.

As part of Dickens on the BBC Radio 4 broadcasts extracts from Claire Tomalin's acclaimed new biography of the novelist who called himself the "inimitable".

He was the writer "so charged with imaginative energy that he rendered nineteenth century England crackling, full of truth and life, with his laughter, horror and indignation - and sentimentality." The Artful Dodger, Mr Pickwick, Pip and David Copperfield are just a handful of the characters he created and who continue to endure.

He was also a hard-working journalist, a philanthropist, a supporter of liberal social causes, and father of ten, and yet his genius also had a dark side which emerged with the break down of his marriage.

Claire Tomalin was literary editor of the The New Statesman and then the Sunday Times before becoming a full time writer.

Her biographies are award winning.

The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, won the Whitbread First Book Award, and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2002.

Read by Penelope Wilton

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

A troubled childhood.

0220111129

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed new biography of Britain's great novelist paints a portrait of an extraordinarily complex man.

Today's themes are his early successes as a writer, and new beginnings.

As part of Dickens on the BBC Radio 4 broadcasts extracts from Claire Tomalin's acclaimed new biography of the novelist who called himself the "inimitable".

He was the writer so "charged with imaginative energy that he rendered nineteenth century England crackling, full of truth and life, with his laughter, horror and indignation - and sentimentality."

Read by Penelope Wilton

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Early successes.

0320111130

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed new biography of Britain's great novelist paints a portrait of an extraordinarily complex man.

Today the novelist is well received in America.

As part of Dickens on the BBC Radio 4 broadcasts extracts from Claire Tomalin's acclaimed new biography of the novelist who called himself the "inimitable".

He was the writer so "charged with imaginative energy that he rendered nineteenth century England crackling, full of truth and life, with his laughter, horror and indignation - and sentimentality."

Read by Penelope Wilton

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

The novelist is well received in America.

0420111201

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed new biography of Britain's great novelist paints a portrait of an extraordinarily complex man.

Today a theatrical performance changes the course of his life.

As part of Dickens on the BBC Radio 4 broadcasts extracts from Claire Tomalin's acclaimed new biography of the novelist who called himself the "inimitable".

He was the writer so "charged with imaginative energy that he rendered nineteenth century England crackling, full of truth and life, with his laughter, horror and indignation - and sentimentality."

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

A theatrical performance changes the course of his life.

05 LAST20111202

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed new biography of Britain's great novelist paints a portrait of an extraordinarily complex man.

Today's themes are adulation and farewells.

As part of Dickens on the BBC Radio 4 broadcasts extracts from Claire Tomalin's acclaimed new biography of the novelist who called himself the "inimitable".

He was the writer so "charged with imaginative energy that he rendered nineteenth century England crackling, full of truth and life, with his laughter, horror and indignation - and sentimentality."

Read by Penelope Wilton

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Exploring the themes of adulation and farewells.