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Charles John Huffman Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Landport, Portsmouth, England. He is regarded by many as being the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. He had little formal education, working in a factory at a young age, but developing a yearning to succeed. In 1836, he wrote "The Pickwick Papers" and became a successful writer, writing a total of fifteen novels, as well as hundreds of short stories and articles. His novels were published in weekly serial format, a chapter at a time, thereby allowing him to alter story points to suit the readers as he went along. In 1836, he married Catherine Thomson Hogarth with whom he would have a total of ten children. However, they separated in 1858, when Dickens began a thirteen year affair with actress Ellen Ternan, a woman 27 years his junior. Dickens became a philanthropist, founding a home for more than 100 "fallen women.," crusading for children's rights and education reforms. In 1865, he was on board a train that plunged off a bridge. His was the only one of the eight cars that remained on the track, and he immediately aided the survivors in the wreckage. On June 8, 1870, he was working on the sixth chapter of twelve, for his new novel "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" when he suffered a stroke, dying the next day at the age of 58, in Gad's Hill Place, Higham, Kent, England. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Anton Lesser is a one-man theater troupe composed of excellent actors. Dickens was a novelist par excellence. And Perry Keenlyside is a sensitive abridger. Between them, they've created a terrific listening experience. This abridgment of one of Dickens's longer and best-loved works is long enough to feel commodious and short enough to keep one listening. It's also seamless. All the plot points and major characters, from noble Nicholas Nickleby to odious Mr. Squeers, are here. Speaking of characters, Anton Lesser voices them so well that it can be unnerving. Surely, one thinks, that decorous female is read by a different actor than the drawling male aristocrat, but it's all Lesser. And he links the dialogue with interesting, well-paced narration. In between sections, a fine selection of classical quartets. Do listen. A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
This item was bought as a gift which has not yet been presented. However it will be well received as have all the others in the Nonesuch editions. These books are keepers!Published 23 months ago by Ruth Gerrard
This is not among Charles Dickens' most famous novels. The usual ingredients are present, however. There is an abundance of characters, all rather one-dimensional, perfectly... Read morePublished on March 10 2011 by Pierre Gauthier
The hero of this book has been described as a 'clean cut' Tom Jones. Nicholas does have quite the peripatic journey and most importantly-the prerequisite Victorian happy ending is... Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by Ted
Again and again I had the sense of a young writer reveling in his powers -- his creation of a teeming multitude of characters and their antics and adventures, his magical use of... Read morePublished on May 19 2003 by Extollager
I read criticisms of this book that it is not one of Dickens' best. For me, it is up there with Great Expectations and David Copperfield as one of his most enjoyable novels (A... Read morePublished on March 8 2003 by JR Pinto
I had never read one of Dickens book before Nicholas Nickleby, though I had always wanted to. I particularly enjoyed this book because of Dicken's subtle sense of humor and... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2003 by "wolfie48"
Nicholas Nickleby is a story of a young man and his family dealing with the hardships in their life. When Nicholas father died the family was left with little money. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2003 by "ctangl80"
this is the sixth dickens' novel i've read and is the funniest yet. it is classic early dickens, a picaresque tale that is really more a string of incidents than an integrated,... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2002