03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Charles Dickens Biography Gives A Fascinating New Take On Author's Life

[I]f you're looking for just one literary life to give as a gift in this holiday season, you won't go wrong by choosing Michael Slater's " Charles Dickens."

To an American audience these days, any mention of Dickens is likely to conjure more images of public television adaptations of his work than the season does sugar plum fairies. Put that all out of your head. Even if you think you know Dickens, you don't know him in this new and altogether invigorating way.

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