Both of the books under review, in their different ways, address Dickens’s fraught family life. In “Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens”, editor-critic Robert Gottlieb explores the variously difficult lives of Dickens’s horde of children, while the eminent scholar Michael Slater outlines, with exacting precision, what Dickens may or may not have done with a (much) younger actress named Nelly Ternan following the dissolution of his marriage
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