Join historian and writer Lucinda Hawksley as she explores the life of her great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Dickens – one of the first people to whom the term ‘celebrity’ in its modern sense was applied, and whose extensive circle of friends and associates embraced many of the most eminent and influential figures of the Victorian age.
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When historian and writer Lucinda Hawksley was a child, she knew Charles Dickens merely as one of her ancestors – her great-great-great-grandfather.
Through the prism of his most important relationships, she reveals the man behind the stern Victorian image as someone who was not just a world-famous novelist but a loving father to his daughters, a difficult husband, reformer, journalist and even dandy.
In Charles Dickens and his Circle Lucinda Hawksley examines the lives of those around the man often described as the first ‘modern’ author and one of the first people to whom the term ‘celebrity’ in its modern sense was applied. She explores his extensive social circle, including the likes of Wilkie Collins, Hans Christian Andersen, John Everett Millais, Edgar Allan Poe and William Makepeace Thackeray; men who impressed him and whom he inspired, colleagues he fell out with and friends he loved for a lifetime. Hawksley also reveals Dickens’s unexpected relationships with women, in light of the criticism often levelled at their portrayal in his novels. Dickens was in fact acquainted with a number of strong-minded, independent women such as George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell and social reformer Angela Burdett-Coutts, all of whom enabled him to escape the pressures of normal life, fatherhood and constant deadlines, and all of whom were ultimately eclipsed by one of the greatest writers of our age.
Lucinda Hawksley is an award-winning author, art historian and travel writer, with a special interest in literature and art from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is a great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, and wrote an authoritative, illustrated guide to her famous ancestor and his works to commemorate the bicentenary of his birth in 2012. Lucinda is a Patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London – and Patron of the Norwegian Pickwick Club.
Join historian and writer Lucinda Hawksley as she explores the life of her great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Dickens – one of the first people to whom the term ...