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The Resource The other Dickens : a life of Catherine Hogarth, Lillian Nayder

The other Dickens : a life of Catherine Hogarth, Lillian Nayder

Label
The other Dickens : a life of Catherine Hogarth
Title
The other Dickens
Title remainder
a life of Catherine Hogarth
Statement of responsibility
Lillian Nayder
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Catherine Hogarth, who came from a cultured Scots family, married Charles Dickens in 1836, the same year he began serializing his first novel. Together they traveled widely, entertained frequently, and raised ten children. In 1858, the celebrated writer pressured Catherine to leave their home, unjustly alleging that she was mentally disordered-unfit and unloved as wife and mother. Constructing a plotline nearly as powerful as his stories-of Scrooge and Little Nell, Dickens created the image of his wife as a depressed and uninteresting figure, using two of her three sisters against her, by measuring her presumed weaknesses against their strengths. This self-serving fiction is still widely accepted." "In the first comprehensive biography of Catherine Dickens, Lillian Nayder debunks this tale in retelling it, wresting away from the famous novelist the power to shape his wife's story. Nayder Demonstrates that the Dickenses' marriage was long a happy one; more important, she shows that the figure we know only as "Mrs. Charles Dickens" was also a daughter, sister, and friend, a loving mother and grandmother, a capable household manager, and an intelligent person whose company was valued and sought by a wide circle of women and men. Making use of the Dickenses' banking records and legal papers as well as their correspondence with friends and family members, Nayder challenges the long-standing view of Catherine Dickens and offers unparalleled insights into the relations among the four Hogarth sisters; reclaiming those cherished by the famous novelist as Catherine's own and illuminating her special bond with her youngest sister, Helen, her staunchest ally during the marital breakdown. Drawing on little-known, unpublished material and forcing Catherine's husband from center stage, The Other Dickens revolutionizes our perception of the Dickens family dynamic, illuminates the legal and emotional ambiguities of Catherine's position as a "single wife, and deepens our understanding of what it meant to be a Woman in the Victorian age."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
NIC/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nayder, Lillian
Dewey number
  • 823/.8
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4582
LC item number
.N39 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dickens, Catherine
  • Authors' spouses
  • Kvinnor
  • Hustrur
Label
The other Dickens : a life of Catherine Hogarth, Lillian Nayder
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: constructing Catherine Dickens -- "The mind of woman occasionally asserts its powers": Catherine Hogarth among enlightened patriarchs, 1815-1835 -- Becoming Galatea: courtship and marriage, 1835-1837 -- Interlude I. "The girls Hogarth": Catherine and Mary -- "Their voices, Mr. Dicken's imperative": mesmerized, 1837-1842 -- "Their voices, Mrs. Dickens's expostulatory": disentranced, 1843-1847 -- "Richer in that respect": overbearings, 1848-1852 -- Interlude II: "Catherine Georgina": or, what's in a name? -- The meaning of "our": sleights of hand, 1853-1858 -- "As if she were sole and unmarried": separation, 1858-1870 -- Interlude III. "Forget me not": Catherine and Helen -- Last wills and last words: widowhood, 1870-1879 -- Afterword: "Suttee business" -- Primary sources
Control code
636567757
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 359 pages
Isbn
9780801447877
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010022625
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40018694783
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)636567757
Label
The other Dickens : a life of Catherine Hogarth, Lillian Nayder
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: constructing Catherine Dickens -- "The mind of woman occasionally asserts its powers": Catherine Hogarth among enlightened patriarchs, 1815-1835 -- Becoming Galatea: courtship and marriage, 1835-1837 -- Interlude I. "The girls Hogarth": Catherine and Mary -- "Their voices, Mr. Dicken's imperative": mesmerized, 1837-1842 -- "Their voices, Mrs. Dickens's expostulatory": disentranced, 1843-1847 -- "Richer in that respect": overbearings, 1848-1852 -- Interlude II: "Catherine Georgina": or, what's in a name? -- The meaning of "our": sleights of hand, 1853-1858 -- "As if she were sole and unmarried": separation, 1858-1870 -- Interlude III. "Forget me not": Catherine and Helen -- Last wills and last words: widowhood, 1870-1879 -- Afterword: "Suttee business" -- Primary sources
Control code
636567757
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 359 pages
Isbn
9780801447877
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010022625
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40018694783
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)636567757

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