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Charles Dickens

 

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Charles Dickens is much loved for his great contribution to classic English literature. He was the quintessential Victorian author. His epic stories, vivid characters and exhaustive depiction of contemporary life are unforgettable.

info credit: "BBC - History - Charles Dickens". Bbc.co.uk. N. p., 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

 

Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870. He created fifteen novels, all still well-known today! Besides writing he was also interested in journalism, editing, acting, and social reform.

 

He was almost certainly the best-known man in England in the middle of the nineteenth century, and certainly the most loved: his very personal hold on his readers extended from the most distinguished Queen Victoria to even illiterate workers who clubbed together to buy the weekly or monthly parts in which his novels first appeared so that one marginally literate man could read them aloud to his fellows!

 

His popularity and influence carried to America, Germany, France, and Russia as well. There was universal sorrow when he died. “I never knew an author’s death to cause such general mourning,” wrote Longfellow. “It is no exaggeration to say that this whole country is stricken with grief.”

info credit: Gottlieb, Robert. "Who Was Charles Dickens?". The New York Review of Books. N. p., 2010. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.