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Charles Dickens
One of the grand masters of Victorian literature, Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but... show more
One of the grand masters of Victorian literature, Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors' prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and "slave" factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years' formal schooling at Wellington House Academy.

He worked as an attorney's clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.
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Birth date: 1812-02-07
Died: 1870-06-09
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TonyTalbot
TonyTalbot rated it 1 month ago
"Being an account of the Pickwick Club", of Victorian London. (Actually, slightly before Victoria. This was Dickens first novel, written in 1836, and Victoria didn't reign until 1837).Phew. This was the last Dickens novel I had to read before I finished his fourteen novels…and what a drag it was. I'...
Moonlight Murder
Moonlight Murder rated it 4 months ago
Whew - I have finished this 813 page book after a couple of false starts. It's classic Dickens. I've heard it called his masterpiece, but I don't have enough experience with Dickens to weigh in on that subject. I did like it a whole lot better than Dombey and Son, but I didn't like it so well as e...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
I remember an attempt at reading Pickwick very early on, possibly in my teens. It did not end well: I was not a sufficiently experienced reader to navigate either the playfulness of Dickens' language or the tone of gleeful grotesquerie masking a rather sentimental view of human nature. Let me qualif...
Mary's Books
Mary's Books rated it 5 months ago
Dickens wonderful story of how a man changes overnight in time for Christmas. I wanted a quick audiobook and this fit the bill. It was a good book to listen to while driving to work out and on the way home again.
Blog of love, inspiration & kindness
Blog of love, inspiration & kindness rated it 7 months ago
Many years ago when I was just a youngster who was lost in the world and knew nothing, I turned on our very small grey-colored television set that was based in our living room, and saw the character of Ebenezer Scrooge for the very first time in a Muppet Movie. Back then, I didn't actually understan...
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