Michael Slater: Dickens and the Brontės
Friday, 08 June 2012
2pm, West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth
To mark the 2012 Dickens bicentenary, Professor Michael Slater, author of the critically acclaimed biography Charles Dickens, will be exploring the connections between Dickens and the Brontës at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Keighley, West Yorkshire. Slater is the world's leading expert on Dickens, and according to Claire Tomalin, author of the successful biography Charles Dickens: A Life, "no living person is a greater authority on the life and works of Charles Dickens than Michael Slater." For those interested in 19th century British literature, this is a must-see event.
Venue: Brontë Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Haworth (BD22 8DR)
Tickets: £6 and should be booked in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org / 01535 640188
Slater's account, rooted in deep research but written with affection, clarity, and economy, illuminates the context of each of the great novels while locating the life of the author within the imagination that created them. It highlights Dickens' boundless energy, his passion for order and fascination with disorder, his organizational genius, his deep concern for the poor and outrage at indifference towards them, his susceptibility towards young women, his love of Christmas and fairy tales, and his hatred of tyranny. Richly and precisely illustrated with many rare images, this masterly work on the complete Dickens, man and writer, becomes the indispensable guide and companion to one of the greatest novelist.