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Slater, Michael
The great Charles Dickens scandal / Michael Slater
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PR4582 .S45 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Relations with women
Subject(s) Novelists, English -- 19th century -- Biography
Physical Description xii, 215 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents 1858 : enter rumour -- 1859-1924 : keeping up appearances -- 1928-1930 : coming to the boil -- 1934-1938 : boiling over -- 1939 : his daughter's voice -- 1941-1958 : enter the scholars -- 1959-1966 : the amateur contribution -- What Gladys knew : the Storey Papers -- Nelly visible -- Will we ever know? -- Appendix 1. Dickens's personal statement, 1858 -- Appendix 2. The 'violated letter."
Note Charles Dickens was regarded as a pillar of respectability in Victorian Britain, but in 1858 this image was nearly shattered. With the break-up of his marriage that year, rumours about a scandalous relationship he may have conducted with young actress Ellen "Nelly" Ternan flourished. For the remaining twelve years of his life, Dickens struggled to quash the gossip. After his death, surviving family members did the same. But when the author's last living son died in 1934, there was no one to discourage rampant speculation. Dramatic revelations seemed to come from every corner - over Nellie's role as Dickens' mistress, the financial help he gave her, their clandestine meetings, their coded messages, and even his fathering of an illegitimate child with her. This book presents the most complete account of the scandal and ensuing coverup ever published
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