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 …

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Paperback: 688 pages Publisher: Penguin Classics (February 1, 1998) Language: English ISBN-10: 0140435808 ISBN-13: 978-0140435801 Before Dickens was a novelist he was, hold onto your bonnets, a reporter with a truly masterful grasp of shorthand. (Okay, not really surprising OR earth-shattering. I'm just having a very slow day and am looking for any bit of …

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