The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

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Vintage Books, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 333 pages
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From the moment Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857 until long after Dickens's death, their love affair was expunged from history, while Nelly herself became "an invisible woman". This prize-winning tour de force of scholarly detective work rescues Nelly from the shadows of history and adds to our understanding of women in Victorian society. 24 pages of photos.

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User Review  - Martha - Goodreads

This clear, eloquent, and gorgeously written biography enriches both our understanding of Dickens' life and of the period in which a young actress could essentially have no other choice but to fall ... Read full review

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User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

What a fascinating, intriguing story that was almost lost to history! This is biography of the very best kind, reconstructing Nelly Ternan's life from just snippets and fragments, portraying a life ... Read full review

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Claire Tomalin's books include Thomas Hardy: The Time Torn Man and The Poems of Thomas Hardy. She lives in London.

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