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Depeschen mit dem Leitwort Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens

»Even if you haven’t read any Dickens since high school, when you waded through the sentences and beheadings of A Tale of Two Cities, Gottlieb’s book is one you might want to try. Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens makes clear that not even the most prodigious creator of fictional characters since Shakespeare could always be understanding or sympathetic to the people closest to him.«

Michael Dirda

A tale of two fathers: Michael Dirda about Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens by Robert Gottlieb. His review at The Washington Post.

»Robert Gottlieb’s Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens takes quick, bite-sized looks at the author’s 10 children, dividing each life into a “before” and “after” section, with their father’s death as the line of demarcation. Such a structure evinces the book’s prominent — if misguided — theme that Dickens was far more central to his children’s lives than they were to his.«

Hillary Kelly

Hillary Kelly on Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens by Robert Gottlieb. Her review at Los Angeles Review of Books.