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Acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin provides a compelling portrait of Nelly Ternan, the struggling actress whose affair with novelist Charles Dickens led to scandal.

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Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens's marriage while effacing Nelly Ternan from the public record.
In this remarkable work of biography and scholarly reconstruction, the acclaimed biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys and Jane Austen rescues Nelly from the shadows of history, not only returning the neglected actress to her rightful place, but also providing a compelling portrait of the great Victorian novelist himself. The result is a thrilling literary detective story and a deeply compassionate work that encompasses all those women who were exiled from the warm, well-lighted parlors of Victorian England.

"Captivating. . . . An absorbing book about . . . a character who helps to illuminate the life of a great artist and the life of her times." ---Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Award-winning British narrator Wanda McCaddon breathes life into Nelly's dramatic story with her flair for accents, giving the book a full-voiced presentation. Tomalin's carefully researched version of Nelly's life story is highly recommended, as is McCaddon's rendition." ---SoundCommentary

"Wanda McCaddon gives an engaging narration as author Tomalin pieces together the story of the relationship through references in letters and other sources. A particular challenge--which McCaddon meets admirably--are the cryptic entries in Dickens's diary." ---AudioFile

The Invisible Woman

The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

Author Claire Tomalin

Narrated by Wanda McCaddon

Publication date Oct 30, 2012

Running time 11 hrs

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