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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

FEBRUARY 7th: CHARLES DICKENS' 200th BIRTHDAY




Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English novelist, considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a greater popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he is still popular, being responsible for some of English literature's most important novels and characters.
Many of his writings were originally published serially, in monthly instalments, a format of publication which Dickens himself helped popularise. Other authors completed novels before serialisation, but Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialised. This practice gave his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next instalment. The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print.
Dickens's work has been highly praised for its realism, comedy, mastery of prose, unique personalities and concern for social reform by writers such as Leo Tolstoy and G.K. Chesterton; though others, such as Henry James and Virginia Woolf, have criticised it for sentimentality and implausibility.


Video a Dickens' biography:


[SIMPLE BIOGRAPHY]

The greatest English novelist of the Victorian era, Dickens was also a vigorous social campaigner. With his rich storytelling and his ability to create powerful and memorable characters, he is one of the English language's greatest writers. Happily, Dickens achieved massive worldwide popularity in his lifetime and not one of his short stories or novels has ever been out of print.
1812: Born in Portsmouth, England

1824: Dickens’ father is imprisoned for bad debts Dickens begins working 10 hours a day at a boot polish factory

1827: Finds work as a legal clerk
1834: Becomes a journalist for the Morning Chronicle

1836: The Pickwick Papers appears in serial form Marries Catherine Hogarth

1837-9: Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby appear in serial form

1843: Writes A Christmas Carol

1850: Finishes David Copperfield

1853: Finishes Bleak House

1859: Finishes A Tale of Two Cities

1853: Finishes Great Expectations

1870: Dies in London from a stroke.

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