Charles Dickens by Karen Kenyon

Author: Karen Kenyon

Category: History, Politics and Culture

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The celebrated works of Charles Dickens are read and loved around the globe. But who was the man behind the stories? And how did his turbulent personal life contribute to his literary genius?
Separated from his family at the age of twelve after his father was sent to a debtor’s prison, young Charles was sent to work in a boot factory, living a solitary existence in the streets of Victorian London. A sensitive child, he never recovered from the emotional wounds of his childhood and would later inject his experiences into his writing, become a lifelong advocate for the poor.
But despite his compassion for the downtrodden, Dickens was known by many around him to be a heartless and sometimes cruel man. Known for his poignant characterisations of children in his work, he had a strained relationship with his own family and had little sympathy towards his depressed wife.
As fascinating and complex a character as any of his own creations, the real Charles Dickens was a mass of contradictions. In this illuminating biography, Karen Kenyon vividly divulges and dissects the true nature of one of the most remarkable authors in the English language.
Praise for Karen Kenyon
’For those who love Dickens… Kenyon's biography offers surprising contradictions and revelations in this concise, yet vividly detailed account of his life and literature.’ - Kathi Diamant, author of Kafka's Last Love
'Karen Kenyon, a wonderful writer herself, illuminates one of the greatest of all writers in a special, compassionate way.' - Richard Marek, author of Works of Genius
'Compassion and Contradiction paints a thoroughly enjoyable portrait of the famous author's complex personality and life story. Through Ms. Kenyon's depth of knowledge and passion for the English writer and his work, Dickens is made accessible to a new generation of readers.' - Ishmael von Heidrick-Barnes, author of Intimate Geography.
Karen Kenyon is a journalist and author. She teaches Creative Writing at Mira Costa College in Cardiff, California. Her books include Sunshower and The Bronte Family: Passionate Literary Geniuses.