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Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

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Simon Callow

Published by Harper Collins

An entertaining biography of Dickens by one of our finest actors

Acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow captures the essence of Charles Dickens in a sparkling biography that explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of the greatest storyteller in the English language

From his early years as a child entertainer in Portsmouth to his reluctant retirement from ‘these garish lights’ just before his death, Dickens was obsessed with the stage

Not only was he a dazzling mimic who wrote, acted in and stage-managed plays, all with fanatical perfectionism but as a writer he was a compulsive performer, whose very imagination was theatrical, both in terms of plot devices and construction of character

Like many actors, Dickens felt the need to be completed by contact with his audience

He was the original ‘celebrity’ author, who attracted thousands of adoring fans to his readings in Britain and across the Atlantic, in which he gave voice to his unforgettable cast of characters

In Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World, Callow brings his own unique insight to a life driven by performance and showmanship

He reveals an exuberant and irrepressible talent, whose ‘inimitable’ wit and personality crackle off the page

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