Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens, is regarded as one of the most important writers of the Victorian period, the 'literary colossus' of his age. His novels influenced literature greatly, most of his works were Narrative Fiction and because of his success, this became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication.

His literary style is very creative and he focuses extensively on his character’s name, trying to create an "allegorical impetus" to the novels' meanings.

His novels are a combination of realism and fiction, for he abundantly takes events from his life and includes them in his stories and does so very explicitly. The fictional parts of his novels reflect what he believed to be true of his own life, his points of views on society and the living conditions of the time. This is one of the reason why he is regarded so highly, he reveals ugly social truths in his novels. He would shock his readers with works, for they were highly descriptive and gave clear images of poverty and crime. Oliver Twist, for example, destroyed middle class polemics about criminals, making any pretence to ignorance about what poverty entailed impossible.

His fame followed the publication of ‘The Pickwick Papers’ in 1836, and kept improving once he published ‘A Christmas Carol’, one of the most influential works ever written, and possibly his most known one, it had such a great influence that it set the impression that we have nowadays about Christmas.

He was born on 7 February 1812 in Landport – Portsea/
His family moved a considerably amount of times before settling in Chatham, Kent until the age of 11 and later in Camden Town, London in 1822 due to financial problems. In 1824 his father was arrested for debt, his wife and the youngest children joined him at Marshalsea debtors' prison, while Charles Dickens was sent to stay with Elizabeth Roylance, a family friend. Dickens was forced to leave school and work ten-hour days at Warren's Blacking Warehouse to support...
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