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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: October 2012 ISBN: 9781452680231
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Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens's 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-lighted parlors of Victorian England. Download and start listening now!

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  • Captivating. . . . An absorbing book about . . . a character who helps to illuminate the life of a great artist and the life of her times. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/16/2013

    " Well researched and written, quite readable. The story of Charles Dickens' double life as an icon of All That Is Good About England and the keeper of a hidden mistress. Not the potboiler I'm making it look like. Cool stuff about the areas and times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 12/9/2012

    " I found this audiobook to be like background music. I turned it on, and found myself zoning in and out. The story was not boring, just not catchy. I fell asleep at one point, and didnt feel like I missed much. Not a bad book, nor was it annoying. It just was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucie | 12/5/2012

    " I wish I had half the biographic talent of Claire Tomalin. Every book she comes out with is impeccably & thoroughly written, without any of the personal observations & spin of many current biographers. A fascinating look into the life, times & reinvention of Nelly Ternan. I highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.S. Watts | 11/8/2012

    " Brilliant, insightful, informative book. A biography written with style and verve.This is very much a literary page-turner "

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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.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.