Charles Dickens: A Life (Paperback)

A Life

By Jane Smiley

Penguin Books, 9780143119920, 212pp.

Publication Date: November 29, 2011



A brilliantly insightfulbiography from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley
With delectable wit and characteristic sensitivity, Jane Smiley presents a fresh, illuminating take on the life of Charles Dickens. Smiley finds a kindred spirit in the author of such classics asGreat ExpectationsandA Christmas Carol, who was not only a prolific writer but also one of the first modern "celebrities." She offers interpretations of many of Dickens's major works, exploring his narrative techniques and his innovative voice and themes. Smiley's biograph is a perceptive profile of the great master and a fascinating meditation on the writing life.

About the Author

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including the Pulitzer Prize winner A Thousand Acres and the bestsellers Horse Heaven, Good Faith, and Ten Days in the Hills. She lives in Northern California.