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A Brief Biography Of Charles Dickens

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Once a year, a holiday comes around that melts the differences of paupers and the privileged, and allows everyone to be warmed in good will. Christmas seems to be Charles Dickens's favorite holiday, and with good reason. In fact, it seems that it fits perfectly. Charles was born into a large family, and had to work a fair bit when he was young in order to help. England, in his life, was split along economic lines that were quite visible to Dickens. Despite humble beginnings, he eventually found fame even with his own work and writings. Even today, Charles Dickens is considered to be one of the most revered authors in English literature. Christmas would give Charles time to spend with his family that shaped his life so much, duck away from rough society he tried to help, and take some time off of his work and bask in his success. Though it cannot be said for certain, it would be reasonable to assume that many of his Christmases were spent with his family.
On February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. He was the second of eight children. His father worked as a clerk for the Naval Pay office, but when Charles Dickens was still young, John Dickens was sent to a debtor's prison. When he was twelve, Charles went to work at a blacking warehouse, which was managed by a relative of his mother (McMahon, 47). Ever since he was a child, Dickens has been close to art and literature, and that exposure would definitely help his development. A few of his favorites works were Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, and Arabian Nights, each are picaresque novels that are made of a series of loosely linked adventures. The format those novels followed undoubtedly had ...

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...evolution, first published in 1839. In 1859, A Tale of Two Cities premiered. Its popularity was not only brought on by the author's renown, but also by its compact size and radical subject matter.
On June 9, 1870, Charles Dickens died. He was buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. Though he left The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished, he had already written fifteen substantial novels and countless shorter pieces. His legacy is clear. In a whimsical and unique fashion, Dickens pointed out society's flaws in terms of its blinding greed for money and its neglect of the lower classes of society. Through his books, we come to understand the virtues of a loving heart and the pleasures of home in a flawed, cruelly indifferent world. Among English writers, in terms of his fame and of the public's recognition of his characters and stories, he is second only to William
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