One of the best-loved of English authors, Charles Dickens is revered as a
storyteller, social campaigner and chronicler of his time. He also cared passionately about home-making: "no man was so inclined naturally to derive his happiness from home affairs," wrote his daughter, Mamie.
This book tracks the many places where Dickens lived, from his Portsmouth
birthplace and childhood home in Chatham to his last home back in Kent,
at Gad's Hill Place in Rochester. Furthermore, the book considers his travels in England and abroad, where the locations provided
the settings in his novels, such as Nicholas Nickleby's Yorkshire and in
the East Anglia of David Copperfield, Charles Dickens's most
autobiographical novel. It also describes his various houses in London, where he lived for the majority of his life, and which is above all identified with his identity and his fiction.
An invaluable resource to anyone who has an
interest in the settings of Dickens' work, this publication—richly illustrated with archival materials and Graham Salter's original photography—gives fascinating insight into the life this great writer by placing Dickens in his favorite domestic contexts.