Charles Dickens: Novelist, philanthropist…lover? Dickens has been analyzed in many ways throughout the years, but never through the lens of his relationships with women. In this highly readable and thoroughly researched new volume, Garnett explores Dickens through his experiences with three great loves: his first love Maria Beadnell, Mary Scott Hogarth, his young sister-in-law who tragically died at 17, and actress Ellen Ternan.
Robert Garnett is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia (Ph.D.), and currently Professor of English at Gettysburg College. He has been researching Dickens for over a dozen years, has presented papers on him at many academic conferences, and has published articles on his life and novels in scholarly journals such as Dickens Quarterly and Dickens Studies Annual.