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Charles Dickens was born in 1812. His childhood was marred by his father's extravagance and carelessness with money, which eventually landed him in debtor's prison. The young Dickens was forced to work in a Blacking factory pasting labels on the bottles. He describes this experience in “David Copperfield.” When he grew older he learned shot hand and became a parliamentary reporter. He published some sketches under the name of Boz. Their success led...
London: The Biography
In this 79 chapter,all-encompassing, exhaustive history of London, including an essay of sources and an invaluable index, Peter Ackroyd brings to life the many varied locations and epochs that comprise the modern day London. One feature of the book describes the "Black Death" that first afflicted London in the year 1348, killing more than forty percent of the peole and leaving one third of the city unpopulated. Another event he treats in dep;th ...
The Trial of Elizabeth Cree
John Cree tells us his step by step drama which involves the serial killings in Limehouse during the 1980's. Elizabeth Cree's trial is written in dramatic form and the progress of other characters and how they relate to the tale are told in the third person. Ackroyd places John Cree in the reading room of the British Museum alongside characters like George Gissing and Karl Marx. ...
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