Edgar Johnson on Charles Dickens: Maria Beadnell

Could this sweet face be that of the original for Estella? After finishing Johnson’s chapter on Dickens’s ultimately heartbreaking relationship with Maria Beadnell I find myself asking that question. Charles Dickens met Maria Beadnell when he was 17 years old. He got along famously with Maria’s family from the start. He and all the Beadnell… Read More Edgar Johnson on Charles Dickens: Maria Beadnell