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The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens

A Novel

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December 8, 2015 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 160 Pages | ISBN 9781619025868
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"Hauser’s 47th book is a tight page-turner of the kind Dickens wrote when he wasn’t spinning out stories that paid by the inch. In fact, this ripping tale is something Hauser’s fictional Dickens has waited all his life to tell..." —New York Times Book Review

England, 1870: His health failing, his most important work all but done, Charles Dickens is readying for the final bed. But there is one more story that he must tell. As a young journalist just getting his start, Dickens encountered a story that would affect him for the rest of his life.

The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens blends a historically accurate telling of Dickens’s life with a gripping portrait of betrayal, murder, corruption, obsession, and love. It’s the story of Dickens’s coming of age, caught between the worlds of England’s ruling elite and the seamy underside of London society. The novel captures a full range of Dickensian characters: Dickens; the hauntingly beautiful Amanda Wingate; Geoffrey Wingate, Amanda’s scheming financial-swindler husband; and Florence Spriggs, a mutilated prostitute whose once-lovely face has been carved into a mask of horror. Meticulously researched and masterfully told, The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens captures the voice of the beloved author, the divided city of London, and the uncertain tenor of the times.

THOMAS HAUSER is the author of forty-seven books on subjects ranging from professional boxing to Beethoven. His first novel Missing was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the National Book Award, and was the basis for the Academy-Award-winning film starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. He wrote Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times – the definitive biography of the most famous man on earth – which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Hauser has written extensively about the sport and business of professional boxing and has published articles in in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other publications. He is currently a consultant to HBO and lives in Manhattan.

Praise

“Hauser’s 47th book is a tight page-turner of the kind Dickens wrote when he wasn’t spinning out stories that paid by the inch. In fact, this ripping tale is something Hauser’s fictional Dickens has waited all his life to tell…” —New York Times Book Review

“Hauser brings the culture and vibrant personalities of Dickens’s world back to life…” —The New Criterion

“In The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens, Thomas Hauser delicately weaves together Dickens’s well-known history with an imagined tale of mystery, murder and romance… What is even more delightful is how truly Dickensian Hauser’s novel proves to be, exploring not only this imagined incident but also the real man’s favorite themes of London life and class inequalities.” —Shelf Awareness

” In many ways, the story is illuminating (especially about Dickens’ early career, before he married Catherine Hogarth, in 1836.)…. Hauser is right to speculate about one of the world’s greatest novelists and suggest that an early event in his life subsequently shaped the rest of his years as well as his brilliant writing career… Thomas Hauser should be given credit for assimilating and then processing so much of Charles Dickens’ life—an enormous task by any standards.” —CounterPunch

“This beautifully crafted historical novel by the prolific Hauser (Waiting for Carver Boyd) is a fictional autobiography of Dickens…Hauser delivers a crisp, colorful narrative with vivid pictures of London’s rich and poor, as well as a suspenseful, perilous drama in the style of Dickens.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“…Charles Dickens still has one more story to tell. And what a story it is—fit for the plot of a classic Dickens composition.…Hauser’s mastery of Dickensian language and dramatic flair creates engaging historical fiction, and his depiction of Dickens’s social philosophy of championing the poor will resonate with contemporary readers who are concerned about income inequality. Fans of the 19th-century author or of well-researched historical fiction will savor this work.” —Library Journal

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