The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles by Claire Tomalin

By Claire Tomalin

Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was once 18, a hard-working actress appearing in his construction of The Frozen Deep, and he was once forty five, the main lionized author in England. Out in their assembly got here a love affair that lasted 13 years and destroyed Dickens’s marriage whereas effacing Nelly Ternan from the general public list.
 
In this impressive paintings of biography and scholarly reconstruction, the acclaimed biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys and Jane Austen rescues Nelly from the shadows of background, not just returning the ignored actress to her rightful position, but additionally supplying a compelling portrait of the good Victorian novelist himself. the result's an exciting literary detective tale and a deeply compassionate paintings that encompasses all these ladies who have been exiled from the nice and cozy, well-lighted parlors of Victorian England.

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