The Rows And Romances Of Englands Great Victorian Novelists
Author: Daniel Pool
Hardcover w/ Dust Cover
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In his bestselling, "What Jane Austen Ate And Charles Dickens Knew," Daniel Pool brilliantly unlocked the mysteries of the English novel. Now, in his long-awaited "Dickens' Fur Coat And Charlotte's Unanswered Letter," Pool turns his keen eye to England's great Victorian novelists themselves, to reveal the surprisingly human private side of their public genius.
And, for most of them, it was indeed the best of times and the worst of times:
-- Charles Dickens, the literary superstar of the day, inspired havoc wherever he went--while his domestic scandals became fodder for early gossip columnists.
-- A shy and introverted Charlotte Bronte after breaking onto the London literary scene from her secluded Yorkshire home of Haworth Parsonage, battled rumors about being Thackeray's mistress (while suffering unrequited love for her London publisher).
-- George Eliot, deemed the most brilliant writer of her time, received public accolades but no calling cards, because she was "living in sin."
-- Thackeray, while enjoying the success of 'Vanity Fair,' had his own vanity singed when his children named their pets after the characters created by his archrival, Dickens.
"Dickens' Fur Coat And Charlotte's Unanswered Letters" explores the outrageous publicity stunts, bitter rivalries, rows, and general mayhem perpetrated by this group of supposedly prudish -- yet remarkably passionate and eccentric -- authors and publishers. Against a vividly painted backdrop of London as the small world it once was, the book brings on the players in the ever-changing, brave new world of big publishing--a world that gave birth to author tours, big advances, "trashy" fiction, flashy bookstalls in train stations (for Victorian "airport fiction"), celebrity libel suits, bogus blurbs, even paper recycling (as unsold volumes reappeared as trunk linings, fish wrappings, and fertilizer).
"Dickens' Fur Coat And Charlotte's Unanswered Letters" is a spring board from which England's greatest novelists come to life. It is a delightful book for anyone who has been lost in the spell of "Jane Eyre," "Great Expectations" or "Middlemarch" - and longed to peer behind the heavy drapery of Victorian propriety at the private lives of these master storytellers, as they battled their publishers and won the devotion of an avid reading public.
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