Skip to main content
  1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. Books

Book review: 'The Invisible Woman' by Claire Tomalin

See also

Book "The Invisible Woman"

Rating:
Star4
Star
Star
Star
Star

"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.

More Photos

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?

Advertisement

Arts & Entertainment

  • La Toya Jackson
    La Toya Jackson hits the club in music video for 'Feels Like Love'
    Headlines
  • Keith Urban
    Dozens of concertgoers were treated for alcohol-related illnesses at a Keith Urban show
    Video
    Today's Buzz
  • Comic-Con
    Check out some of the sexiest women on hand at this year's Comic-Con
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • The Hunger Games
    The trailer for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' has debuted online
    Camera
    17 Photos
  • Beck
    Beck makes good on their long absence from St. Louis with a two hour set
    Camera
    17 Photos
  • Wonder Woman
    Take an in-depth look at the hot new costume we'll be seeing on Wonder Woman
    Video
    Pop Culture

Related Videos:

  • Latest in romance offerings
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517161614" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517161614&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Cover art for 'The String Diaries'
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DaWEbG9frAs?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Almost Perfect
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ILLu0powdck?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>