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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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Elentarri's Book Blog rated it 4 months ago
TITLE: Great Expectations AUTHOR: Charles Dickens PUBLICATION: Penguin Classics Edition [ISBN: 9780141439563] _______________________ DESCRIPTION: "Dickens's magnificent novel of guilt, desire, and redemption The orphan Pip’s terrifying encounter with an escaped convict on the Kent marshes, ...
Lora Hates Spam
Lora Hates Spam rated it 5 months ago
by Charles Dickens This was the first of Dickens' Christmas stories and predates A Christmas Carol by a year. It was also adapted to a stage play. It's rather typical of some of Dickens' earlier writings where there is a lot of dialogue with too many characters and it can get confusing as to wha...
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mattries37315 rated it 6 months ago
There are many curses that people place upon themselves and their descendants, some are the rest of their actions and others by their indecisions complicated by bureaucratic failures then sometimes it’s both. Charles Dickens shows the effects of both in his 1853 novel Bleak House not only on his mai...
Lora Hates Spam
Lora Hates Spam rated it 7 months ago
by Charles Dickens What can anyone say about a Dickens Classic? This story has stood the test of time for good reason. Some of Dickens' stories can be overly wordy and full of too many characters and get confusing, but this one is straight forward and tells the story in a clear, linear fashion l...
Lora Hates Spam
Lora Hates Spam rated it 7 months ago
by Charles Dickens Reading Dickens can be tedious at times and this has its moments, but overall I found it interesting to read the nineteenth century author's impressions of his trip to America. His experience of the long voyage across the Atlantic and the differences in culture when he lands i...
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