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Charles Dickens A to Z : the essential reference to his life and work
Davis, Paul B. (Paul Benjamin), 1934-
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Facts On File, [1998]

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ix, 432 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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PR4580 .D38 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Over 2,200 entries record not only Fitzgeral d''s illustrious career as a writer, but also his life as a y oung man, a husband, father and lover, as well as Hollywood screenwriter. All these details are drawn from a vast array of primary sources. '

Author Notes

Paul Davis, is an internationally acclaimed theoretical physicist, writer, and broadcaster. In 1995 he won the prestigious Templeton Prize for his work on the philosophical meaning of science, and was recently awarded the Kelvin Medal by the U. K. Institute of Physics for his success in bringing science to the wider public. He is based in Australia but travels, teaches, and lectures frequently in the U. S.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Choice Review

With more than 2,500 entries, Charles Dickens A to Z continues the excellent author encyclopedias being published by Facts on File. Arranged alphabetically, this work is a "guide to Dickens's works themselves and to the characters he created in them, to the author and the Victorian context in which he worked, and to the critics and scholars who have commented on his novels." It includes part-by-part synopses of Dickens's works, excellent commentaries, brief overviews of criticism, and reviews of adaptations. It is less complete in its analyses of characters than George Newlin's Everyone in Dickens (CH, Apr'96) but just as enjoyable to browse and to consult when encountering or reencountering a character. More than 50 well-chosen and well-reproduced illustrations help bring Dickens's works alive. Highly recommended for Dickens enthusiasts and all literature reference collections. R. B. Meeker; Chicago State University

Booklist Review

The publisher continues to provide attractive, reasonably priced resources on major authors in the curriculum, suitable for the high-school level and up. This one has 2,500 entries on Dickens' works, characters, and life. Next up: Edith Wharton. (Reviewed October 1, 1998)

Library Journal Review

Davis (English, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque) has exhaustively researched the material for this comprehensive and extremely valuable guide, the latest in the publisher's "A to Z" series. The more than 2500 entries cover the significant elements of Dickens's life, synopses of his works, "biographies" of his characters, descriptions of the novels' settings, and relevant historical information. The body of Dickensian criticism is also summarized. This important reference work should be included in both public and academic libraries.‘Diane G. Premo, Rochester P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up‘This title takes readers into the world of Dickens, both real and imaginary. Davis has used letters, criticism, correspondence, reviews, bibliographies, and text to provide detailed synopses of all of the author's major and minor works, the critical reception of each one, and character descriptions. Dickens's life is described in fascinating detail (e.g., readers learn about the real child who inspired the creation of Tiny Tim). Black-and-white illustrations, a chronology of the writer's life and major works, and an extensive index complete this book. Students will love the clear descriptions and facts offered up in this fine dictionary.‘Linda A. Vretos, West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



A master of extreme situations, Charles Dickens populated his novels with outrageous characters and often frightening--but always elaborate--settings. With Charles Dickens A to Z, readers can enter this rich world and keep track of who is related to whom, who lives where, and who plans to do what. The book draws on a vast array of letters, bibliography, criticism, correspondence, reviews, and the texts themselves to record both the life and literary career of Charles Dickens. More than 2,500 extensively cross-referenced entries include: Detailed synopses of all his major and most minor works An overview of the critical reception to each work Descriptions of all characters, both fictional and factual, and all settings within his work Discussions of important people in his life, including family and friends. Enhanced by 50 photographs, Charles Dickens A to Z will help every reader's experience be the best of times, from those who are well versed in such classics as A Tale of Two Cities to those encountering it for the first time. Excerpted from Charles Dickens A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Work by Paul Davis All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
A-to-Z Entriesp. 1
A. A Brief Chronology of Dickens's Life and Major Worksp. 416
B. A Select Bibliography About Dickens and His Worksp. 419
Indexp. 422