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Great Charles Dickens Scandal

by Michael Slater
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Pub Date: 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 215 pp.
Size: 5.25 x 8.00 inches

ISBN: 9780300205282
TB Code: 1705156
Availability: 447 in stock

Charles Dickens was regarded as the great proponent of hearth and home in Victorian Britain, but in 1858 this image was nearly shattered. With the breakup of his marriage that year, rumors of a scandalous relationship he may have conducted with the young actress Ellen "Nelly" Ternan flourished. For the remaining twelve years of his life, Dickens managed to contain 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 came from every corner—over Nelly's role as Dickens's mistress, their clandestine meetings, and even about his possibly fathering an illegitimate child by her.