Charles Dickens

Dickens and London, with Michael Slater and Craig Taylor

Thursday, 16 February 2012

7pm, Waterstones Hampstead
In celebration of the bicentenary of Charles Dickens the Waterstones Bookshop in Hampstead is hosting a fascinating discussion between Michael Slater (author of Yale's acclaimed Dickens biography) and Craig Taylor (author of Londoners). They will be discussing Dickens's relationship with London. A must-see event for Dickens enthusiasts.

Time: 7pm-8pm 
Venue: Waterstones Hampstead
Tickets: £3, available from the shop and redeemable against puchase of the books on the night. Visit the official webpage

More about 'Charles Dickens' by Michael Slater

This long-awaited biography, twenty years after the last major account, uncovers Dickens the man through the profession in which he excelled. Drawing on a lifetime's study of this prodigiously brilliant figure, Michael Slater explores the personal and emotional life, the high-profile public activities, the relentless travel, the charitable works, the amateur theatricals and the astonishing productivity. But the core focus is Dickens' career as a writer and professional author, covering not only his big novels but also his phenomenal output of other writing - letters, journalism, shorter fiction, plays, verses, essays, writings for children, travel books, speeches, and scripts for his public readings, and the relationships among them.

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.