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Book review: 'The Invisible Woman' by Claire Tomalin

Book "The Invisible Woman"


"The Invisible Woman: The Story of Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan" by Claire Tomalin takes a look at the historical cover-up of a relationship that would have ruined the great author of the Victorian age.

The story of Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan was adapted for the screen by director and actor Ralph Fiennes,  co-starring with Felicity Jones.
"The Invisible Woman" by Claire Tomalin, first published 1990, was adapted for the screen by director Ralph Fiennes in 2013.

With a reputation built on his appearance as a jovial family man, Dickens went to extreme lengths to keep his affair, if indeed it was an affair, from the public. In this well-written biography, Ms. Tomalin pieces together the historical facts and offers some tantalizing speculation about the famous author and the young actress, while providing the harsh truth about what life was like for women in Victorian England.

For fans of Dickens, it might be a difficult read, but those interested in understanding the man behind the myth will enjoy the unraveling mystery presented by the book.

"The Invisible Woman" was first published in 1990, and recently adapted for the screen by director Ralph Fiennes. Also nominated at this year's Oscars for Costume Design, the film is closing out its run this week at the City Cinemas Village East movie theater 181-189 Second Avenue, 2nd Avenue and 12th Street, New York, NY 10003. Phone: (212) 529-6799. Tickets may be purchased online at Fandango.

The book is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, at your favorite bookshop like the Strand in NYC, and at your local library.

What is your favorite novel by Charles Dickens adapted for the screen?

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