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Author Slater, Michael.
Title The great Charles Dickens scandal / Michael Slater.
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
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Description xii, 215 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-210) and index.
Summary Charles Dickens was regarded as a pillar of respectability in Victorian Britain, but in 1858 this image was nearly shattered. With the break-up of his marriage that year, rumours about a scandalous relationship he may have conducted with young actress Ellen "Nelly" Ternan flourished. For the remaining twelve years of his life, Dickens struggled to quash the gossip. After his death, surviving family members did the same. But when the author's last living son died in 1934, there was no one to discourage rampant speculation. Dramatic revelations seemed to come from every corner - over Nellie's role as Dickens' mistress, the financial help he gave her, their clandestine meetings, their coded messages, and even his fathering of an illegitimate child with her. This book presents the most complete account of the scandal and ensuing coverup ever published.
Subject Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Relations with women.
Novelists, English -- 19th century -- Biography.
ISBN 030011219X (cl : alk. paper)
9780300112191 (cl : alk. paper)
OCLC number 794706864