The Dab of Dickens, The Touch of Twain, and The Shade of Shakespeare
- Narrated by: Grover Gardner, David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki, Ralph Cosham, Joe Barrett, Elliot Engel, Scott Brick
- Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-11-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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They are icons of the literary world whose soaring works have been discussed and analyzed in countless classrooms, homes, and pubs. Yet for most readers, the living, breathing human beings behind the classics have remained unknown - until now. In this utterly captivating book, Dr. Elliot Engel, a leading authority on the lives of great authors, illuminates the fascinating and flawed members of literature’s elite. In lieu of stuffy biographical sketches, Engel provides fascinating anecdotes.
Elliot Engel has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. He earned his MA and PhD as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA, where he won the Outstanding Teacher Award. He has written ten books, and his mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS stations around the country. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and national magazines, including Newsweek. He has lectured throughout the United States and on every continent.
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By Doug on 01-12-15
Do you know what you don't know about Dickens, Twain and Shakespeare? Well, probably not....but I do! There is a lot! I have taught American and British lit for 30 years and read them much longer and I found that Elliot Engel informed me of a lot of stuff I did not know about these literary figures....and it was FUN!!! Odd facts such as the fact that Dickens invented the paperback book....and the cliff-hanger....and that he earned more money in his life than any other writer in history....and other stuff you will not find in the typical book on writers. Along with the info on the writers come samples from their works: some of Shakespeare's sonnets and part of King Lear and part of Dickens' David Copperfield. This is a very entertaining and humorous look at three of the greats from our past....fun, not boring.
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