Robert Gottlieb: "Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens"

Robert Gottlieb: "Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens"

Charles Dickens created some of the most famous child characters in fiction: Little Nell, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. Dickens was also the father of 10, possibly 11, sons and daughters. Author Robert Gottlieb explores their lives and what Dickens was like as a father and a man.

Charles Dickens is one of the world's greatest and best-loved novelists. He created such indelible child characters as Oliver Twist, Little Nell, Tiny Tim and David Copperfield. Dickens endured a difficult childhood. When he was 11, his father was sent to debtors' prison, and Dickens was put to work in a blackening factory. Beginning in his teens, his talent, energy and drive ensured he would never suffer such disgrace again. Dickens also had great expectations for his 10 children -- seven boys and three girls. Author Robert Gottlieb tells us what became of the sons and daughters of Charles Dickens.

Guests

Robert Gottlieb

former editor-in-chief of Knopf Publishers and The New Yorker.

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Excerpted from "Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens" by Robert Gottlieb, published in November 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Copyright ©2012 by Robert Gottlieb. All rights reserved.

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