The Genius of Charles Dickens.

No other 19th century novelist set himself such a challenge: Dickens rose to become a great novelist by sheer talent and determination. He mastered the most demanding form of writing - the magazine episode - and then went on to create another career for himself as a spell-binding performer of his own work before audiences in Britain and America. He worked to a self-imposed schedule that never relaxed, and in the end he probably brought about his early death. But the novels survive, to be rediscovered by each generation. His creations continue to hold our attention - Pickwick, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Scrooge, Miss Havisham, - the list goes on. In a very important way he continues to define the Victorian Age for us. What sort of man was he? Nothing in his life was wasted - everything was used in his books. He had his faults, and his private life shows a less attractive side to him. His genius is astonishing, and this talk uses his biography and extracts from his books to recreate the man and his achievement.