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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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Karen's books rated it 1 month ago
It's true, and I hate to say that I didn't like it, because I am a Dickens fan through and through. But this was a tough one for me, probably because I never connected with any of the characters enough to really care about them. Miss Pross was my favorite -- she actually DID something worth rootin...
Cody's Bookshelf
Cody's Bookshelf rated it 2 months ago
I'd somehow, up to this point, never read A Tale of Two Cities. I know, I can't believe it either. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and the years leading up to it, this is, at its very core, a romance novel. I was a little shocked by that, but I certainly didn't mind. Dickens's writ...
Aren's Library
Aren's Library rated it 3 months ago
Not my favorite by Dickens, but still a good novel.
Aren's Library
Aren's Library rated it 3 months ago
Sad, but enjoyable.
TonyTalbot
TonyTalbot rated it 4 months ago
A story of the extended and generally mean and selfish Chuzzlewit family.According to my reading history, it took me nine months to read this. That’s not quite representative – I did put it on hold for a while and also read two books in between – but it’s an illustration of what’s wrong with this mo...
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