Charles Dickens


Born
in Portsmouth, England
February 07, 1812

Died
June 09, 1870

Genre

Influences


Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He 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.

Born in Portsmouth, 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,
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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.”
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Polls

September 2017 Old School Classic Poll

 
  49 votes, 14.9%

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  47 votes, 14.3%

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  33 votes, 10.0%

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  27 votes, 8.2%

 
  27 votes, 8.2%

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  21 votes, 6.4%

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  19 votes, 5.8%

 
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  16 votes, 4.9%

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  13 votes, 4.0%

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  10 votes, 3.0%

 
  10 votes, 3.0%

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