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  1. 1. CharlesDickens
  2. 2.  Biography of Charles Dickens Little Dorrit
  3. 3.  Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth on 7 th of February, 1812 into a middle class family of civil servant John Dickens who was an open-hearted and kind man. Charles spent his childhood in the atmosphere of love and friendship, though his mother, Elisabeth, was a snobbish, demanding, rather hard and rather silly. The happiest years were between 1817 and 1822, when John Dickens held a good post in the Chatham Dockyard. It was an enchanted time for little Charles.
  4. 4. • The family lived in poverty. Their household consistedof Mr. and Mrs. Dickens, their five children, a servantand James Larmert, a relative by marriage. Charlesschooling came to an end and he had to contribute tothe family funds. John Larmert found him a job in awarehouse for several shillings a week.• Meanwhile, John Dickens was put into MarshalseaDebtors prison for his debts and his family had tofollow him into the prison because the debts weregreat and they had nobody in London to address formoney. They had to stay in prison until Mr. Dickenscould pay all his debts
  5. 5. • After being released John Dickens decided to take his son away from the warehouse, but his mother didn’t want to lose the money her son was earning. Charles Dickens could never forgive her. When Dickens was fifteen he became a lawyers clerk. In 1822, having learned shorthand, he secured a full time position in the “Mirror of the Parliament.• At 25, in 1837, Charles Dickens was already famous. It was asuccessful period of his life: his first son was born, his familymoved out of lodgings into a twelve-room house. During the nextsix years of writing Charles Dickens observed life and attackeddebtors, prisons, schools and workhouses.
  6. 6. • Charles Dickens was a very thoughtful writer. There wasa very important element in his work which is above allthe others. It is the power of characterisation. Most of thepeople in his stories are in a sense “types”, they are basedon real life people, though he gave them an independentvitality.• In spite of a large family Dickens couldn’t help travelling.Dickens and his household left England for Italy. Theycame back home in autumn 1845, with the sixth childborn abroad.•He visited Italy and Paris, took and active part inpolitical life of England, started “the GreatExpectations”.
  7. 7. •Dickenss love of humanityand the inherent goodness ofcommon man opposed to theegoism of the upper classesmakes him a central figure inthe literature of England inthe 19 th century. CharlesDickens undertook severaltrips in 1864-1869 to Australia,the USA and Ireland.Afterwards he became ill anddied on 9 June 1870. He wasburied in the Poets’ Corner inWestminster Abbey inLondon.
  8. 8. Little Dorrit is a serial novel by Charles Dickens publishedoriginally between 1855 and 1857. It is a work of satire onthe shortcomings of the government and society of theperiod. Much of Dickens ire is focused upon theinstitutions of debtors prisons—in which people whoowed money were imprisoned, unable to work, until theyhave repaid their debts. The representative prison in thiscase is the Marshalsea where the authors own father hadbeen imprisoned. Most of Dickens other critiques in thisparticular novel concern the social safety net: industry andthe treatment and safety of workers; the bureaucracy of theBritish Treasury and the separation of people based on thelack of interaction between the classe
  9. 9.  Amy Dorrit; The youngest member of the Dorrit family, Amy is a 20-something woman who looks like an adolescent. She lives her life in totally unacknowledged service to her deluded and hapless family. Her main personality trait is utter selflessness. Arthur Clennam; The 40-year-old son of a cold, harsh woman and a weak man, Arthur struggles to find a place for himself at a seemingly too-late time of life. After learning a few harsh lessons about love and finance, he gets a happy ending.
  10. 10. •William Dorrit; At first called "The Father of the Marshalsea," Dorrit is theoldest prisoner in the debtors jail, living on selfish pretensions of formergrandeur. After he is discovered to be heir to a huge fortune, Dorrit spendsthe rest of the novel trying to live up to his own ideas of his very high socialstatus, with mixed success•Mrs. Clennam; A cold and bitter woman, Mrs. Clennam has forcedherself to live the life of a reclusive, wheelchair-bound woman as paymentfor her sins. Her stubborn iron will arguably makes her the novels mostterrifying character.•Flora Finching and Mr. Fs Aunt ; Flora, Arthur Clennams ex-fiancée, andMr. Fs Aunt, Floras aunt-in-law, are another great set of paired characters,in the Pet and Tattycoram mold. Sure, at first glance Flora is a woman pasther prime who is constantly living in the past and trying to get Arthur toreignite their love affair.•Flintwinch ; Initially Mrs. Clennams servant, Flintwinch becomes apartner in Clennam & Co. He knows Mrs. Clennams horrible secrets anduses them to gain power over her and the business.
  11. 11. •Original publicationLittle Dorrit was published in nineteen monthlyinstalments, each consisting of thirty-two pagesand featuring two illustrations by Phiz. Eachinstallment cost a shilling, with the exception ofthe last, a double issue which cost two shillings. •Adaptations Little Dorrit has been adapted for the screen five times. The first three were produced in 1913, 1920 and 1934. The 1934 German-language adaptation. The fourth, in 1988, is Little Dorrit, a UK feature film starring Alec Guinness and Derek Jacobi The fifth adaptation is a TV series. The series aired between October and December 2008 in the U.K. It then aired in America on 2009. The series was broadcast in Australia, on in June and July 2010.
  12. 12. Poets’ Corner