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The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens

A Novel

by Thomas Hauser

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  • Published in USA  Nov 2014
    160 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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England, 1870: His health failing, his most important work all but done, Charles Dickens is readying for the final bed. But there is one more story that he must tell.

The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens blends a historically-accurate telling of Dickens's life with a gripping portrait of betrayal, murder, corruption, obsession, and love. It's the story of Dickens's coming of age, caught between the worlds of England's ruling elite and the seamy underside of London society. The novel captures a full range of Dickensian characters: Dickens; the hauntingly beautiful Amanda Wingate; Geoffrey Wingate, Amanda's scheming financial-swindler husband; and Florence Spriggs, a mutilated prostitute whose once-lovely face has been carved into a mask of horror.

Meticulously researched and masterfully told, The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens captures the voice of the beloved author, the divided city of London, and the uncertain tenor of the times.

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"Starred Review. Hauser delivers a crisp, colorful narrative with vivid pictures of London's rich and poor, as well as a suspenseful, perilous drama in the style of Dickens." - Publishers Weekly

"Hauser's mastery of Dickensian language and dramatic flair creates engaging historical fiction, and his depiction of Dickens's social philosophy of championing the poor will resonate with contemporary readers who are concerned about income inequality. Fans of the 19th-century author or of well-researched historical fiction will savor this work." - Library Journal

"Hauser's attempt at a Dickensian voice falls short. Instead, he offers a simple, sketchy tale starring Dickens as a sad workaholic whose late re-encounter with Amanda only serves to send him to his grave with a shattered heart.Inauthentic and skimpy. Dickens fans should stick to the unparalleled originals." - Kirkus

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Thomas Hauser

Thomas Hauser is the author of forty-seven books on subjects ranging from professional boxing to Beethoven. His first novel Missing was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the National Book Award, and was the basis for the Academy-Award-winning film starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. He wrote Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times – the definitive biography of the most famous man on earth – which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Hauser has written extensively about the sport and business of professional boxing and has published articles in in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other publications. He is currently a consultant to HBO and lives in Manhattan.

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