About the Author
Arguably one of the greatest writers of the Victorian era, Charles Dickens is the author of such literary masterpieces as A Tale of Two Cities (1859), A Christmas Carol (1843), David Copperfield (1850), and The Adventures of Oliver Twist (1839), among many others. Dickens' s indelible characters and timeless stories continue to resonate with readers around the world more than 130 years after his death. Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870.
Robert Whitfield, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and an honors graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, practiced as a corporate lawyer with the Wall Street firm of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy before entering the field of investment banking with Schroders Ltd., a leading merchant bank located in London. He subsequently served as Vice President of Schroder Capital Corporation in New York and General Counsel of First Pennsylvania Corporation, a major American bank holding company located in Philadelphia. In 1981 he organized Robert Whitfield Associates Incorporated, a management consulting firm in the field of professional service organizations, now located in Chicago. Robert Whitfield has also been a serious fine arts photographer for many years and is currently preparing to publish books of his photography of the architecture of Chicago and the ruins of Windsor Plantation, his family's antebellum home in Port Gibson, Mississippi, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.