Dickens was one of the first true celebrity authors.
Thousands of fans in Britain and America eagerly awaited each new installment
of his stories and flocked to see him on his legendary speaking tours. Not only
did he create an incredible cast of characters on the page, but he was also a
dazzling mimic and storyteller, and he wrote, stage-managed, and acted in plays
for the public. Throughout his life, from his childhood performances in pubs to
his legendarily powerful reading tours, Dickens was fanatical about the stage.
Callow reveals Dickens’ genius on and off the page and offers a compelling
insight into a life that was driven as much by performance and showmanship as
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