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.”
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“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”
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Polls

2nd Quarter 2018 (April-June) Long Read Poll

 
  64 votes, 15.8%

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, 1849, 882 pages
 
  63 votes, 15.6%

The Arabian Nights, 800, 1049 pages
 
  43 votes, 10.6%

 
  36 votes, 8.9%

The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, 1008, 1182 pages
 
  29 votes, 7.2%

 
  28 votes, 6.9%

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, 1977, 692 pages
 
  23 votes, 5.7%

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, 1353, 909 pages
 
  22 votes, 5.4%

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, 1996, 1088 pages
 
  22 votes, 5.4%

 
  20 votes, 4.9%

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, 1962, 640 pages
 
  15 votes, 3.7%

 
  12 votes, 3.0%

The Histories by Herodotus, 400 BCE, 716 pages
 
  9 votes, 2.2%

Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, 1865, 796 pages
 
  6 votes, 1.5%

 
  5 votes, 1.2%

 
  5 votes, 1.2%

Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn, 1966, 933 pages
 
  3 votes, 0.7%

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