Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens

Category: Book
By (author): Gottlieb, Robert
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published: November 2012
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 1.10in
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The strange and varied lives of the ten children of the world's most beloved novelist

Charles Dickens, famous for the indelible child characters he created -- from Little Nell to Oliver Twist and David Copperfield -- was also the father of ten children (and a possible eleventh). What happened to those children is the fascinating subject of Robert Gottlieb's Great Expectations. With sympathy and understanding he narrates the highly various and surprising stories of each of Dickens's sons and daughters, from Kate, who became a successful artist, to Frank, who died in Moline, Illinois, after serving a grim stretch in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Each of these lives is fascinating on its own. Together they comprise a unique window on Victorian England as well as a moving and disturbing study of Dickens as a father and as a man.

Biographical Note

Robert Gottlieb has been the editor in chief of Alfred A. Knopf and The New Yorker. He is the author of Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhard, George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker, and Lives and Letters (FSG, 2011), and is the dance critic for The New York Observer.