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Charles Dickens A Penguin Life (Hardcover)

Author:  Jane Smiley
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0670030775
ISBN-13: 9780670030774
Sku: 30888959
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  212
Age Range:  NA
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres offers an intriguing portrait of the nineteenth-century English author, offering a sensitive profile of Dickenss life, incisive interpretations of his major works, and a study of his narrative techniques, themes, characters, and style. 25,000 first printing. *Author: Smiley, Jane *Series Title: Penguin Lives *Publication Date: 2002/05/01 *Number of Pages: 212 *Binding Type: Hardbound *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 7.75
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Novelist Jane Smiley seeks to tell readers just who Charles Dickens was, not by reciting the well-known facts of his life but through his books.Novelist Jane Smiley seeks to tell readers just who Charles Dickens was, not by reciting the well-known facts of his life but through his books.
Author Bio
Jane Smiley
An only child, Jane Smiley grew up outside St. Louis with her mother and grandmother; her father deserted the family when she was a year old. Her mother was a newspaper editor. Smiley determined from a very early age that she would become a fiction writer. She graduated from Vassar in 1971 and also has an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. For many years, she taught at Iowa State. Her first novel was published in 1980. She has been married three times.

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Atlantic Monthly
"In so short a book there is no room for extended critiques of individual novels, but Smiley gives a lucid account of Dickens's development as a novelist, and makes the grounds for her admiration clear....[She] has enhanced our understanding and appreciation of [Dickens's] work...." - David Lodge May 2002

Atlantic Monthly
"In so short a book there is no room for extended critiques of individual novels, but Smiley gives a lucid account of Dickens's development as a novelist, and makes the grounds for her admiration clear....[She] has enhanced our understanding and appreciation of [Dickens's] work...." - David Lodge May 2002

Spectator
"Jane Smiley on Dickens ought to be unmissable, but this is a serious disappointment. The very strong impression the book gives is that it has been written by someone conscious that they ought to be on their best behaviour, and rather nervous about the prospect. It feels very much like someone who is trying her best to write in an uncongenial mode, and saying the sorts of things which she thinks she ought to be saying....The tangible nervousness emerges on almost every page, with judgments which accord with conventional wisdom and not the inquiring magpie reader Jane Smiley must be....The insistent crackle of wit present on every page of Jane Smiley's novels has bafflingly been replaced by the vaguest and least thoughtful phrases of reviewers." - Philip Hensher 08/10/2002

Spectator
"Jane Smiley on Dickens ought to be unmissable, but this is a serious disappointment. The very strong impression the book gives is that it has been written by someone conscious that they ought to be on their best behaviour, and rather nervous about the prospect. It feels very much like someone who is trying her best to write in an uncongenial mode, and saying the sorts of things which she thinks she ought to be saying....The tangible nervousness emerges on almost every page, with judgments which accord with conventional wisdom and not the inquiring magpie reader Jane Smiley must be....The insistent crackle of wit present on every page of Jane Smiley's novels has bafflingly been replaced by the vaguest and least thoughtful phrases of reviewers." - Philip Hensher 08/10/2002

Times Literary Supplement
"Jane Smiley...is at her best when she offers her own insights, and it is a pity so much of her telling of the life is drawn from Peter Ackroyd's biography, as she freely acknowledges. She has sensible things to say about the way a novelist tries to rationalize the world around him, and how he may then try to make the world fit the vision he has established in his books....As a critic Smiley has less to offer....finally, a critical biography of over 200 pages and costing £15 should have an index." - Claire Tomalin 08/23/2002

Times Literary Supplement
"Jane Smiley...is at her best when she offers her own insights, and it is a pity so much of her telling of the life is drawn from Peter Ackroyd's biography, as she freely acknowledges. She has sensible things to say about the way a novelist tries to rationalize the world around him, and how he may then try to make the world fit the vision he has established in his books....As a critic Smiley has less to offer....finally, a critical biography of over 200 pages and costing ?15 should have an index." - Claire Tomalin 08/23/2002

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0212
Product attributePublisher:   Viking Books
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