Charles Dickens : a tale of ambition and genius

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  • Born to a life of obscurity and dark despair, his genius made him one of the most successful and beloved figures of his time. Internationally famous just months after his first novel was serialized, Charles Dickens was among the world's first literary stars. But success and acclaim could not banish the ghosts of his childhood or keep him from the deep loneliness that haunted him until his death.


  • Originally broadcast in 1995 as a segment of the television series Biography.
  • VHS format.
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