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It’s impossible to discuss the greatest authors of English literature without mentioning Charles Dickens. He has been and will always be one of my most favorite authors. It is difficult for me to choose any one of his books as my favorite, because they are all masterpieces of a creative genius. However, David Copperfield and Great Expectations are two of his greatest works.
Charles John Huffam Dickens, better known as Charles Dickens, was born on 7th February 1812 at Portsmouth, England to John and Elizabeth Dickens ( nee Barrow). He was their second child out of their eight children. Dickens dropped out of school at the age of 12 as his father went to debtors’ prison. He joined a boot-blacking factory to support his family. He rejoined school after three years and started off as a journalist in his literary career. He was the editor of a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed readings. Besides, he championed the cause of children’s rights and actively participated in educational and other social reforms.
Dickens achieved tremendous success with the publication of The Pickwick Papers in 1836. Over the years, he gained reputation as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.
Dickens witnessed a rail accident on 9 June
1865, while returning from Paris with Ellen Ternan in Kent, where he helped the wounded and the dying by offering a flask of brandy and a hat refreshed with water, saving some lives in the process. Dickens wasn’t only a literary genius but also bestowed with a magnanimous heart to help others.
He married Catherine Thomson Hogarth in 1836 and separated from her in September, 1858. Ellen Ternan, an English actress, was his partner from 1857 until his death.
Charles Dickens suffered from a stroke on 8th June, 1870 and passed away on 9 June 1870 (aged 58) at Higham, Kent, England, leaving behind a rich legacy of his best literary works that are still very popular and continue to rule our hearts.
His most popular works :
Christmas short stories
“A Christmas Tree” (1850)
“What Christmas is, as We Grow Older ” (1851)
“The Poor Relation’s Story ” (1852)
“The Child’s Story” (1852)
“The Schoolboy’s Story” (1853)
“Nobody’s Story” (1853)
“The Seven Poor Travellers” (1854; collaboration)
“The Holly-tree Inn” (1855; collaboration)
“The Wreck of the Golden Mary” (1856; collaboration)
“The Perils of Certain English Prisoners” (1857; collaboration)
“Going into Society” (1858)
“A Message from the Sea” (1860; collaboration)
“Tom Tiddler’s Ground” (1861; collaboration)
“Somebody’s Luggage” (1862)
“Mrs Lirriper’s Lodgings” (1863; collaboration)
“Mrs Lirriper’s Legacy” (1864; collaboration)
“Doctor Marigold’s Prescriptions” (1865)
“The Trial for Murder” (1865; collaboration; a ghost story)
“Mugby Junction” (1866; collaboration)
“The Signal-Man” (1866; a ghost story)
“No Thoroughfare” (1867; collaboration)
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