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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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Linda78
Linda78 rated it 1 week ago
Whelp, that's 0-2 for me and Charles Dickens. I was going to try to power through this - I had 8 more days on the audiobook loan from my library - but every time I thought about listening to this for another 8 days, it was like those dolly zoom shots. I just can't. This is so boring! The first quart...
Linda78
Linda78 rated it 2 months ago
"You have been the last dream of my soul." And this has been the end of my tether. I've run out of can for this book. Third time was not a charm. When Dickens actually bothers to write characters living a story, the writing is tolerable. But then he goes into these long allegorical chapters that...
Hopeless Romantic
Hopeless Romantic rated it 4 months ago
To score a win, you have to get your head in the game. Loyal Subjects is not about the win, but the battle that keeps you in the game. Mark is a lover with a fighting spirit. Protecting his family is his life's work, but Emmie Landon is his heart's desire. Emmie is fighting her way through a lifeti...
TonyTalbot
TonyTalbot rated it 4 months ago
Thomas Gradgrind has a principle in life: Facts and cold logic are all that matters. There’s no room for imagination or anything that can’t be defined or measured. He expects the small school he runs to adhere to that principle, and expects the same of his own two children, Louisa and Tom. After all...
Burfobookalicious
Burfobookalicious rated it 4 months ago
The list of ‘classic books’ yet to fill my waking hours is long, but whilst I am embarked on a lengthy (albeit belated) campaign to put that right, I was inspired to elevate this Dickens novel based on a recommendation read in ‘The Big Issue’. Alas, I don’t remember the name of the celebrity endorse...
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