Dickens was a revered author in his own time, and his decade-long extramarital affair did not fit into his public image. The fact that his paramour, Nelly Ternan, was a former actress, a profession that was considered low class, was also a problem, so the relationship was kept out of the public eye. Wanda McCaddon gives an engaging narration as author Tomalin pieces together the story of the relationship through references in letters and other sources. A particular challenge--which McCaddon meets admirably--are the cryptic entries in Dickens's diary. It's disappointing that listeners don't have access to the helpful maps of London, illustrations, and notes that appear in the print edition. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2013]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2012
CD ISBN 9781452610238 $39.99 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781452660233 $29.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. Tantor Media 2012
CD ISBN 9781452640235 $83.99 Nine CDs
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