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The Invisible Woman – The Affair of Charles Dickens

September 9, 2011 by
Filed under: Charles Dickens, LitNews 

Invisible WomanOne of the first biographies I read about Charles Dickens was The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin.  The book focuses on Dickens’ affair with the actress Ellen Ternan.

Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens’s marriage while effacing Nelly Ternan from the public record.

In this remarkable work of biography and scholarly reconstruction, the acclaimed biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys and Jane Austen rescues Nelly from the shadows of history, not only returning the neglected actress to her rightful place, but also providing a compelling portrait of the great Victorian novelist himself. The result is a thrilling literary detective story and a deeply compassionate work that encompasses all those women who were exiled from the warm, well-lighted parlors of Victorian England.

You can learn more about Dickens’ marriage and affair on our partner site, Charles Dickens Info.


Comments About The Invisible Woman – The Affair of Charles Dickens

One Comment on The Invisible Woman – The Affair of Charles Dickens

  1. Jane Calderon on Tue, 13th Sep 2011 4:15 pm
  2. Interesting, who would have ever guessed? Some of my favourite novels are “Great Expectations” and “A Tale Of Two Cities,” so I am naturally intrigued by this.

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