"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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with them proved less happy during their adolescence. Apart from periods in Italy 1844-45 and Switzerland and France 1846-47 , he still lived in London, moving from an apartment in Furnivals Inn to larger houses as his income and family grew. Here he entertained his many friends, most of them popular authors, journalists, actors or artists, though some came from the law and other professions or from commerce and a few from the aristocracy.
Some friendships dating from his youth endured to the end, and, though, often exasperated by the financial demands of his parents and other relatives, he was very fond of some of his family and loyal to most of the rest. Some literary squabbles came later, but he was on friendly terms with most of his fellow authors, of the older generation as well as his own. Necessarily solitary while writing and during the long walks especially through the streets at night that became essential to his creative processes he was generally social at other times.
He enjoyed society that was unpretentious and conversation that was genial and sensible but not too intellectualized or exclusively literary. High society he generally avoided, after a few early incursions into the great houses he hated to be lionized or patronized. Скуратовская Л Творчество Диккенса, Москва, 1969.
стр. 92-96 He had about him a sort of swell and overflow as of a prodigality of life. an American journalist said.
Everyone was struck by the brilliance of his eyes and his smart, even dandyish appearance I have a fondness of a savage for finery, he confessed . John Forster, his intimate friend and future biographer, recalled him at the Pickwick period the quickness, keenness, and a practical power, the eager, restless, energetic outlook on each several feature of his face seemed to tell so little of a student or a writer of books, and so much of a man of action or business in the world. Light and motion flashed from every part of it.
He was proud of his art and devoted to improving and using it to good ends his works would show, he wrote, that .Скачать