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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (166 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire Tomalin Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin provides a compelling portrait of Nelly Ternan, the struggling actress whose affair with novelist Charles Dickens led to scandal.

Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857. Ternan was a hard-working eighteen-year-old actress performing in Dickens’ production of The Frozen Deep, and Dickens, at age forty-five, was the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens’ 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-lit parlors of Victorian England.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jodie | 12/26/2013

    " Fascinating to learn so much about the 19th century theatre scene and about Nelly and her relationship with Dickens. I'm looking forward to the film with Ralph Fiennes! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Robin | 10/13/2013

    " It was interesting. So much is made of Dickens as an icon and hero, he was also a flawed human being, just like the rest of us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becca Roberts | 8/24/2013

    " Wonderful. The beginning is a bit slow, but it does provide good background. I am grateful that the author was upfront about conjectures and when the research was limited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jack Goodstein | 5/30/2013

    " Dickens' affair with the young actress developed at length in a very readable narrative. "

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About the Author

Claire Tomalin is the author of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self, winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year, the Whitbread Biography Award, and the Samuel Pepys Award, and dubbed “invaluable” by the New York Review of Books. She is a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Wordsworth Trust, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.