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Charles Dickens Bio

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A presentation to introduce my students to Charles Dickens.

A presentation to introduce my students to Charles Dickens.

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  • 1. Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema
  • 2. Gad’ Gad’s Hill Place
  • 3. Childhood • born on February 7, 1812 • grew up in Chatham, east of London • lived there until he was ten • had a happy childhood • liked to read and pretend to be the heroes in his story books • older sister named Fanny • went to a respectable school
  • 4. Charles’ Mother and Father Charles’ Mother – Father – Elizabeth John Dickens Dickens
  • 5. Childhood • father (John Dickens) worked hard but was always in debt • had to move family of eight to London • Charles couldn’t go to school anymore because the family couldn’t afford it • stayed home and help with the house and children • sold belongings to buy food
  • 6. Warren’ Warren’s Blacking Factory
  • 7. Childhood • at age twelve, Charles was forced to work in the factory • worked from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 8. Marshalsea Prison
  • 9. Childhood • father was arrested for debt and sent to Marshalsea Prison • the whole family was there except for Charles • he lived alone in a boarding house • wandered the city at night; felt lonely • this experience affected him deeply
  • 10. Wellington House Academy
  • 11. Childhood • father received an inheritance • paid off his debts • was released from prison • Charles was finally allowed to leave the factory and go back to school
  • 12. Charles Dickens as a Young Man
  • 13. Young Adulthood • quit school at 15 • worked in various jobs
  • 14. Maria Beadnell
  • 15. Young Adulthood • fell in love with Maria Beadnell, a banker’s daughter • did anything to gain her affection • Maria’s parents didn’t approve of Charles • sent Maria to Paris • Charles was heartbroken
  • 16. Dickens’ Dickens’ London
  • 17. Young Adulthood • Dickens would wander the streets of London and watch the people • he began to write stories about the people he saw
  • 18. Depositing the Manuscript: Walk” “A Dinner at Poplar Walk”
  • 19. Sketches by Boz
  • 20. Young Adulthood • submitted his first story to the Monthly Magazine • the magazine published his first story “A Dinner at Poplar Walk” • he started to write more stories for them • took the pen name Boz • published his first book – Sketches by Boz
  • 21. Catherine Hogarth
  • 22. Young Adulthood • Dickens married Catherine Hogarth • they did not have a happy marriage • they lived together for over twenty-two years; stayed married until Dickens’ death
  • 23. The Pickwick Papers
  • 24. Young Adulthood • at age 25, Charles became extremely popular with the publication of The Pickwick Papers • people were crazy about him and his stories
  • 25. Mary Hogarth
  • 26. Nell Lucy Manette Agnes Heep from from from The Old A Tale of Two David Curiosity Shop Cities Copperfield
  • 27. Young Adulthood • Catherine’s sister, Mary, came to live with them • Charles had strong feelings for her • when she died, he was very upset • based many of his sympathetic female story characters on her
  • 28. Scenes from movie versions of Oliver Twist
  • 29. Young Adulthood • Charles wrote the book Oliver Twist • showed people the darker side of life in London – the poverty, illness, and dangerous living and working conditions • his writing influenced people and society • laws to help the poor and to provide schools were passed
  • 30. Fagin from Oliver Twist
  • 31. Uriah Heep from David Copperfield
  • 32. Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol
  • 33. Miss Havisham from Great Expectations
  • 34. Little Nell Nell herher deathbedfrom Little and on grandfather The Old Curiosity Shop
  • 35. Charles Dickens Before His First Trip to America
  • 36. Older Man • Dickens popular in America • visited when he was thirty • left on January 4, 1842 • he was mobbed by fans everywhere he went
  • 37. Dickens in America Portrait Done in Boston
  • 38. Dickens in America
  • 39. Older Man • he liked Boston • disliked spitting • resented that people were publishing his stories without paying him • despised slavery • became very disappointed with the U.S.
  • 40. Dickens’ Dickens’ Former Home Decorated for the Holidays
  • 41. “The Sparkler of Albion” Albion”
  • 42. A Christmas Carol
  • 43. Older Man • Dickens loved to throw big parties • would do magic tricks for his guests • loved entertaining at Christmas • wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843 • became his most popular work
  • 44. Maria Beadnell ... again
  • 45. Dickens Moves into Gad’ Gad’s Hill Place Dickens was finally was able to buy Gad’s Hill Place on March 14, 1856.
  • 46. Dickens in 1867
  • 47. Charles Dickens Visits America a Second Time
  • 48. Older Man • he began to do dramatic public readings of his work • decided to go back to the U.S. even though he was ill • the people were still excited to see him • he liked the U.S. much better this time— slavery had been abolished; the towns were more civilized
  • 49. The Swiss Chalet at Gad’s Hill
  • 50. The Couch Dickens Died on at Gad’ Gad’s Hill
  • 51. Older Man • he had a stroke which weakened him • stopped doing public performances • retired to Gad’s Hill to write and get his health back • was working on a new novel • had a massive stroke • died on June 9, 1870 • age fifty-eight
  • 52. Dickens’ Dickens’ Characters Filled his Mind
  • 53. Notebook Entry #30 1) Write the following sentence: In the biography Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema, we learn that Charles Dickens was a very ______(insert character trait word here) man. 2) Now, without giving specific details or facts, write a paragraph that summarizes your impressions and generalizations about what kind of man Dickens was based on what you learned in the book. How would you introduce his life?