Dickens & the Workhouse by Ruth Richardson

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors form a major London workhouse made headline worldwide, and the campaign to save it from demolition caught the public imagination. This book, by the historian who did the sleuthing behind these exciting new findings, tells the story for the first time, showing how profoundly important these years were to his subsequent writing career.
Ruth Richardson is a historian and author of several books, including 'Death Dissection and the Destitute', and 'The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy'. The Wall Street Journal said of the latter that it is 'one of those rarities, history that reads like a novel'. It won the 2009 Medical Journalists' Open Book Award. Dr Richardson is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Vice President of The Dickens Society, Senior Visiting Research Fellow in Line Writing at King's College London, and Honorary Professor of Humanities and Medicine at Hong Kong University.



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