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Slater, Michael

Works: 101 works in 494 publications in 3 languages and 13,775 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Bildungsromans  Biographies  Picaresque fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  Festschriften  Quotations  Picaresque literature 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Performer, Other
Classifications: PR4565, 823.8
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Slater
Charles Dickens : [a life defined by writing] by Michael Slater( Book )

33 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 3,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This long-awaited biography, twenty years after the last major account, uncovers Dickens the man through the profession in which he excelled. Drawing on a lifetime's study of this prodigiously brilliant figure, Michael Slater explores the personal and emotional life, the high-profile public activities, the relentless travel, the charitable works, the amateur theatricals and the astonishing productivity. But the core focus is Dickens' career as a writer and professional author, covering not only his big novels but also his phenomenal output of other writing--letters, journalism, shorter fiction, plays, verses, essays, writings for children, travel books, speeches, and scripts for his public readings, and the relationships among them. Slater's account, rooted in deep research but written with affection, clarity, and economy, illuminates the context of each of the great novels while locating the life of the author within the imagination that created them. It highlights Dickens' boundless energy, his passion for order and fascination with disorder, his organizational genius, his deep concern for the poor and outrage at indifference towards them, his susceptibility towards young women, his love of Christmas and fairy tales, and his hatred of tyranny. Richly and precisely illustrated with many rare images, this masterly work on the complete Dickens, man and writer, becomes the indispensable guide and companion to one of the greatest novelists in the language
The great Charles Dickens scandal by Michael Slater( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Dickens was regarded as a pillar of respectability in Victorian Britain, but in 1858 this image was nearly shattered. With the break-up of his marriage that year, rumours about a scandalous relationship he may have conducted with young actress Ellen "Nelly" Ternan flourished. For the remaining twelve years of his life, Dickens struggled to quash the gossip. After his death, surviving family members did the same. But when the author's last living son died in 1934, there was no one to discourage rampant speculation. Dramatic revelations seemed to come from every corner - over Nellie's role as Dickens' mistress, the financial help he gave her, their clandestine meetings, their coded messages, and even his fathering of an illegitimate child with her. This book presents the most complete account of the scandal and ensuing coverup ever published
Dickens and women by Michael Slater( Book )

33 editions published between 1983 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 1,170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This brilliant, classic and scholarly study provides the fullest treatment of a key subject. It is one of the essential works on Dickens’s work and life. A substantial new introduction deals with more recent commentary. Dickens’s treatment of women is a central aspect of his artistic achievement. Professor Slater examines the novelist's experience of women – as son, brother, lover, husband, and father, and as it affected the deepest emotional currents in his life. His perception of female nature and his conception of women’s role in the home and outside it – and the ways in which these found expression in his art - are pivotal topics. Professor Slater has sifted the mass of legends and doubtful traditions about Dickens’s private life to present a close examination of his relations with women, and of his views of woman’s nature and the womanly ideal. This work offers the most detailed survey of women in the novels, and the most comprehensive attempted. It has been acclaimed internationally.​
The Dickens index by Nicolas Bentley( Book )

12 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Dickens's ability as a storyteller, his keen sense of the outlandish, and his uncanny understanding of human nature give his works a universal and ageless appeal that defies obsolescence. Few other authors have created as many characters and situations that so painstakingly and memorably recreate the social conventions, tastes, manners, and habits of speech of a particular era. This book, the most comprehensive single-volume reference work on Dickens ever produced, provides quick access to an enormous range of information about Dickens's writings and literary career. The Dickens Index consists of over 5000 entries arranged alphabetically and referenced by chapter rather than page number so that they work well with any edition. Thus, the Index can be used either in tandem with a particular work--to check allusions, unfamiliar quotations, obsolete words and slang, and topical, historical, and topographical references--or as an independent guide for looking up characters, both real and fictional, other writers whom Dickens quotes, and institutions to which he refers. But The Dickens Index does much more. It includes: *Entries on individual works that describe main themes, unique features, and bibliographical details of first publication *Over 1,400 entries on individual characters that describe the plots in which they function *Numerous cumulative entries that bring together for the first time Dickens's quotations and allusions (by author and title), his use of such genres as nursery rhyme, and his references to places and institutions *Full coverage of Dickens's publishers and illustrators *An illuminating time chart that juxtaposes events in Dickens's personal and professional life with those in the wider world *An appendix covering Dickens's journalism, listing titles, subject matter, and first publication of those writings not covered in the Index itself. All Dickens enthusiasts, as well as teachers and students, will find this a handy reference work to accompany their reading, and those engaged in literary or historical research will find it an invaluable and time-saving tool
Dickens 1970 by Michael Slater( Book )

7 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dickens on America & the Americans by Charles Dickens( Book )

21 editions published between 1970 and 2017 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby : reproduced in facsimile from the original monthly parts of 1838-9 by Charles Dickens( Book )

9 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens( Book )

28 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A satire on England's educational system tells of the harsh schoolmasters and the boys who are at their mercy
Sketches by Boz and other early papers, 1833-39 by Boz( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London in the 1830s was undergoing great changes. In the streets old hackney coaches jostled with new omnibuses, night watchmen gave way to the new police, the poor crowded into inner-city slums, and the middle classes colonized genteel new suburbs. This was young Dickens's city, and he reported it all - the gin palaces, pleasure gardens, streets, shops, prisons, and law courts - as though he were, in Walter Bagehot's words, "a special correspondent for posterity." It was as a journalist that he first made his mark. His very first book, published when he was only twenty-four, was a collection of sketches that had first appeared in newspapers and magazines written under the pen name "Boz." Sketches by Boz was an instant bestseller
The amusements of the people and other papers : reports, essays, and reviews, 1834-51 by Charles Dickens( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of articles and reviews written by Charles Dickens for the Radical weekly The Examiner and for his own paper Household Words. Includes an introduction discussing Dickens' journalism and extensive notes placing each selection in context
A Christmas carol, and other Christmas writings by Charles Dickens( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In addition to "A Christmas Carol", "The Haunted Man" and a short story from the Pickwick Papers that was the basis for "A Christmas Carol", several of the author's shorter stories celebrating the season, are included. Additionally the editor discusses Dickens' influence on how we celebrate the season, and an appendix on Dickens' use of The Arabian Nights, plus a further reading list and notes
Dickens 1970 : centenary essays by Michael Slater( Book )

12 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gone astray and other papers from Household words, 1851-59 by Charles Dickens( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between July 1851 and January 1859 Dickens published two of his greatest novels, Bleak House and Little Dorrit, as well as his most urgently topical one, Hard Times. Throughout, he was also actively engaged in editing his popular weekly journal, Household Words, for which he also wrote, apart from his regular Christmas stories, some seventy full-length articles, and co-authored at least two dozen more. This third volume of the first-ever fully annotated edition of Dickens's greatest journalism presents over sixty of those Household Words articles written by Dickens alone."--BOOK JACKET
The uncommercial traveller and other papers, 1859-70 by Charles Dickens( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the fourth and final volume of the first annotated edition of Dickens' Journalism. It gathers together articles, essays and recollections published during the last decade of Dickens' life, before his untimely death in 1870, and represents the culmination of a lifetime's work in popular journalism." "'The Uncommercial Traveller' is a traveller-narrator in the time-honoured tradition of the eighteenth-century periodical essayists, yet the town and country landscapes he traverses are both characteristically Victorian and recognisably modern, as are the problems he encounters. Homelessness, government neglect of its primary duties, unemployment and urban decline are just some of the issues tackled, in the powerful prose typical of Dickens' artistic maturity. Lighter touches and flashes of pure comedy are seldom lacking, however, as autobiographical recollections are apparently divulged, and Dickens' narrator dilates on the joys of travel in France and Italy as well as England."--BOOK JACKET
The catalogue of the Suzannet Charles Dickens collection by England) Dickens House Museum (London( Book )

7 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Douglas Jerrold : 1803-1857 by Michael Slater( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Douglas Jerrold, close friend of Charles Dickens and literary sparring partner of Thackeray, leading light of satirical weekly Punch and indefatigable campaigner against social and political oppression, militarism and capital punishment, died in 1857 at the height of his fame. Thackeray and Dickens both acted as pallbearers at his funeral." "Drawing on his detailed study of Jerrold's writings, and on much hitherto unpublished correspondence, Michael Slater sets out to restore Douglas Jerrold to his place at the very heart of the record of theatrical and journalistic life in London in the first half of the 19th century."--Jacket
An intelligent person's guide to Dickens by Michael Slater( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and Japanese and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to 'Dickensian values, ' exploring the ideas, beliefs, ideals and ambitions that helped to shape Dickens' writing
Headlong Hall ; and, Gryll Grange by Thomas Love Peacock( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dickens index by Nicolas Bentley( Book )

8 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An excellent guide not only to topical, historical, geographical and other references and allusions, but to plot, theme, characters, and publications. One can turn from a recipe for sherry-cobbler, to a full account of Dicken's use of Shakespeare, all in a lucid and graceful prose. It is not an index, but an encyclopaedia
Tennyson in the theatre by Michael Slater( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Charles Dickens : [a life defined by writing]
Nicholas NicklebySketches by Boz and other early papers, 1833-39The amusements of the people and other papers : reports, essays, and reviews, 1834-51A Christmas carol, and other Christmas writingsGone astray and other papers from Household words, 1851-59The uncommercial traveller and other papers, 1859-70Douglas Jerrold : 1803-1857An intelligent person's guide to Dickens
Alternative Names
Slater, Michael Berek 1936-

Slater, Michael Derek

Slater, Michael Derek 1936-

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