John Forster''s biography of Charles Dickens was the first
written, and still is the basis for much of what we know about the
author. The two men met in 1837, and Forster soon became Dickens''
close friend and adviser. (In fact, Dickens modeled the character
of John Podsnap in Our Mutual Friend on Forster.) Forster
saw the manuscripts of nearly all of Dickens'' novels before
publication, and Dickens appointed him as his literary executor.
Forster''s biography contains many examples of personal
correspondence between him and Dickens, and offers unique insight
into one of the most influential writers in Western
Holly Furneaux, PhD, teaches at the University of Leicester in
the UK and has published several articles on the Victorian novel.
She recently co-edited, with Anne Schwan, Dickens and Sex,
a collection of essays. She is currently finishing her book
Queer Dickens and is on the editorial board for the
e-journal Nineteen: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long
Nineteenth Century," and is on the central committee for the
British Association of Victorian Studies.