• “Well proportioned, persuasive in its judgments and consistently, grippingly readable.” —The New York Times

  • “Kaplan has spent ten years preparing and writing this book; his achievement is as rare, as wonderful, as the Dickens he brings to life. We are all the beneficiaries of this exceptional biography.” —Los Angeles TimesDickens by Fred Kaplan may do for our greatest writer after Shakespeare what Ellman did for Oscar Wilde . . . A brilliantly readable work and one essential for all of us who care about the man who, for all his faults, remained ‘The Inimitable’ and ‘The Sparkler’ to the end.” —The Spectator “Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Mr. Kaplan’s biography is its picture of Dickens’s professional life and friendships: one senses anew the extraordinary competitive vigor of the Victorian imperial personality. Mr. Kaplan’s objective presentation of the facts about the colossus of the age gives us a far better sense of its shape and scale than any facile charm might conjure up. His clarity is the highest form of respect and affection for his astonishing subject.” —The Wall Street Journal