In this penetrating study narrated by leading British voice artist Tanya S. Bartlett, Michael Norris tells the complete story behind Dickens' writing of the book. Norris dives deep into his topic to discover the altruistic angels and monetary demons which drove Dickens, the public debates and rancor which informed him, and the terrible childhood memories which both haunted and inspired him.
"fascinating, in a slightly academic way"
Introduced, annotated and edited by Dickens scholar Michael Norris, here we have insightful, vivid, first-person accounts of Charles Dickens by the people who knew him best, including sons Henry Fielding Dickens and Charles Dickens Jr., daughters Mamie and Kate Dickens, colleague and authorized biographer John Forster, and others. Taken together, these writings provide a stunning portrait of Dickens as a living breathing man: friend, father, collaborator and citizen.
Tonight on the program, a look into President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief strategist. Charlie is joined by Ken Stern of Vanity Fair; Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek; Philip Rucker of the Washington Post; and Michael Shear of the New York Times.
We conclude with an appreciation of Gwen Ifill with Michele Norris, Ifill’s close friend and colleague.