New illustrated version of Dickens's life to mark novelist's birth bicentenary

Posted by pt91 at Feb 03, 2012 03:10 PM |
Expanded biography by University of Leicester academic is one of the 'best books on Dickens'.

Dr Holly Furneaux of the School of English has edited a new version of a landmark biography of Charles Dickens - ahead of his 200th birthday.

The new version of The Life of Charles Dickens: The Illustrated Edition, published by Sterling Publishing in 2011, features original illustrations as well as portraits and photographs of Dickens and has already appeared in 'best books on Dickens' lists compiled by the Independent and The Times. The new book is an expanded version of the biography written by the novelist's friend and literary agent John Forster in 1874.

Life of Dickens
The Life of Charles Dickens, from Sterling Publishing.

Dr Furneaux will be giving a presentation on the book at a private event to be held at the Charles Dickens Museum on Monday 6 February.

Dickens, who wrote 15 major novels, many of which have been adapted for film, television and radio in recent years, was born on 7 February 1812, and is generally considered the greatest author of the Victorian period.

Until 8 February Dr Holly Furneaux will be taking part in A Tale of Four Cities, a travelling conference which will go to four important places in Dickens' life. The conference will be held in Paris, where Dickens finished Little Dorrit, Condette near Boulogne, Rochester and Chatham where he grew up, and will finish in London on his birthday itself.