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Dave Wood's Book Report, Nov. 18, 2009

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"Charles Dickens," by Michael Slater (Yale University Press, $35) is due out on Nov. 30.

It's a long-awaited full-sized literary biography of the amazing writer who gave us "David Copperfield," "Great Expectations," and many more memorable Victorian novels.

My first brush with Dickens was purely accidental. Back when I was a kid a company in Racine, Banta, published thick little volumes called "Big Little Books."

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