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The Great Charles Dickens Scandal Hardcover – Oct 8 2012

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (Oct. 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030011219X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300112191
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Great Charles Dickens Scandal is a short book about Dickens long relationship with Ellen Ternan his mistress Jan. 28 2013
By C. M Mills - Published on
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A few years ago this reviewer read Michael Slater's biography of Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Slater is one of the greatest Dickens scholars in the world. Slater is the Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck University of London. He is lectured on Dickens and written many books on the great Boz.
In "The Great Dickens Scandal" Slater presents a careful study of the affair Dickens engaged in with Ellen Ternan. Dickens was the father of 10 children married to Catherine Hogarth Dickens. Mrs. Dickens was fat and over 40 when the dashing Dickens acted in a Manchester 1857 theatrical production of "The Frozen Deep" penned by Wilkie Collins the author's close friend. Ellen was blond, bright, witty and had a lovely figure. She was in the acting profession along with her actress mother Florence. She had two siblings Fanny (who married Tom Trollope, novelist Anthony's brother) and Mamie. Dickens may have fathered a child by Ellen but whether the baby died at birth is up for speculation. Ellen may have given birth in France. Dickens kept up his relationship with her until his death in 1870. She may have been the thirteenth person preent at his internment at Westminster Abbey. She and Dickens were passengers on the wrecked Staplehurst train wreck on June 9, 1865 five years to the day prior to the author's death on June 9, 1870.
This book is a dry examination of the evidence on Dickens and Ellen's life culled from memoirs of the author's children, friends and literary scholars. Slater is to be commended for his outstanding research. However, the book would most appeal to Dickens scholars or someone very familiar with the life and works of Charles Dickens.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another well-written and well-balanced study of Charles Dickens and Nellie Ternan Feb. 19 2013
By Margarette Maranto - Published on
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As always, Michael Slater maintains a non-judgmental stance, meticulously including all available and pertinent data on the question of Dickens's relationship to the actress, Ellen Ternan, in his finaly fifteen years of life. Slater's famous sense of humor is not always on display, but he accomplishes his goat of laying out the facts and letting the reader decide for himself. A must for those curious to know all there is to know about Nellie and Charles.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Take Jan. 5 2013
By Theresa J. Elders - Published on
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I admire the author's staunch defense of the novelist...even though I think Claire Tomalin's meticulous research weighs heavily in favor the Dickens' maintaining Nelly Ternan as his secret mistress for a decade. This was no platonic friendship...even Dickens daughter, Katey, knew what was going on.
the definitive analysis May 17 2014
By Shasta - Published on
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This book reviews both the public knowledge and the academic speculation and research about the relationship between Charles Dickens and Ellen Ternan. Slater is cautious in drawing conclusions and the evidence that he presents from writings in every decade since 1858 is very interesting. It complements and sometimes criticises the Tomalin book on the relationship and adds a better timeline to the film The Invisible Woman.
Info on Dickens Love Affair Oct. 3 2013
By J. Rich - Published on
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Good information on Dickens and how he treated his wife , his children, and the public during his affair with an actress.