Charles Dickens


Born
in Portsmouth, England
February 07, 1812

Died
June 09, 1870

Genre

Influences


Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorousl
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“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.”
Charles Dickens

Polls

January 2016 Old School Classic Poll

 
  27 votes, 18.1%

1880, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 352 pages
 
  27 votes, 18.1%

1896, The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells, 160 pages
 
  22 votes, 14.8%

1857, The Professor by Charlotte Brontë, 269 pages
 
  15 votes, 10.1%

 
  11 votes, 7.4%

1796, The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis, 386 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.0%

1862, Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev, 244 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.4%

1857, Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, 985 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.4%

 
  7 votes, 4.7%

1853, Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell, 432 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.0%

 
  5 votes, 3.4%

1846, Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac, 468 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.3%

1895, Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane, 272 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.3%

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