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Charles
Dickens
Dickens’ Biography
 Born February 7, 1812
 1824 -- Dickens worked at Warren’s Blacking
Warehouse
 1824 -- Mr. Dickens (Charles’ father) taken to debtors’
prison; family joins him
 Imprisoned from February – May
 Dickens’ Belief:
“To be thoroughly earnest is everything, and to be
anything short of it is nothing.”
• 1827 - Dickens family evicted from home for not
paying rent
• Charles is pulled out of private school
• Charles, now 15, becomes law clerk and free-lance
writer
• 1834 - Charles takes Boz as pen name
• 1834 - Charles’ Dad re-arrested for debts
•
Dickens starts Publishing!
1836 -- Sketches by Boz
1837 -- The Pickwick Papers
1837-- Oliver Twist is serially published
*
• 1836 (Dickens is 24)
he and Catherine
Hogarth get married
• and..one year later,
the first “little
Dickens” is born
• and one year after
that, baby # 2 is
born...
Dickens
• 1843 -- A Christmas Carol
• 1844 -- Martin Chuzzlewit
• 1844 -- The Chimes
• 1845 -- The Cricket on the Hearth
• 1846 -- The Battle of Life
• 1846 -- Dombey and Son
• 1850 -- David Copperfield
• 1853 -- Bleak House
• 1853 -- A Child’s History of England and... a near
nervous breakdown
• 1854 -- Hard Times
• 1857 -- Little Dorrit
• 1859 -- A Tale of Two Cities
• 1861 -- Great Expectations
• 1865 -- Our Mutual Friends
• 1869 -- The Mystery of Edwin
Drood (unfinished)a
 Dickens wrote 15 major novels in a career
spanning 33 years.
 His peak of creativity and literary prowess was
in mid - late career from 1848 - 1865.
HE EXERCISED HIS SOCIAL
CONSCIENCE
• He crusaded for children’s rights.
• He was an advocate of child labor laws to protect
children.
• He opposed cruelty, deprivation, and corporal
punishment of children.
• He believed in and lobbied for just treatment of criminals.
• He gave 16 public readings in 1858 to raise money for
the Hospital for Sick Children
In addition,
• He protested a greedy, uncaring, materialistic
society through such works as A Christmas
Carol, which Dickens called “a sledgehammer”
he used figuratively to wake up the reading
public
• He repeatedly used satire to highlight problems
in his society
A sad ending
• 1870 -- Dickens, who had been in declining
health since 1866, died of a cerebral
hemorrhage.
• He is buried in the Poets’ Corner in
Westminster Abbey in London
POETS’ CORNER
 Dickens’ epitaph:
“He was a
sympathizer to the
poor, the suffering,
and the oppressed;
and by his death,
one of England’s
greatest writers is
lost to the world.”
*
*Dickens wrote, “I
wished to show in
little Oliver, the
principle of Good
surviving through
every adverse
circumstance and
triumphing at last.”
Themes
O The powerlessness of children
O Good’s ability to triumph over evil
O Man’s humanity to man
O Man’s inhumanity to man
O The outcast’s search for status and identity
O The heinous nature of crime and criminals
O Use of irony
O Use of coincidence
O Use of humor

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Charles dickens

  • 2. Dickens’ Biography  Born February 7, 1812  1824 -- Dickens worked at Warren’s Blacking Warehouse  1824 -- Mr. Dickens (Charles’ father) taken to debtors’ prison; family joins him  Imprisoned from February – May  Dickens’ Belief: “To be thoroughly earnest is everything, and to be anything short of it is nothing.”
  • 3. • 1827 - Dickens family evicted from home for not paying rent • Charles is pulled out of private school • Charles, now 15, becomes law clerk and free-lance writer • 1834 - Charles takes Boz as pen name • 1834 - Charles’ Dad re-arrested for debts • Dickens starts Publishing! 1836 -- Sketches by Boz 1837 -- The Pickwick Papers 1837-- Oliver Twist is serially published
  • 4. * • 1836 (Dickens is 24) he and Catherine Hogarth get married • and..one year later, the first “little Dickens” is born • and one year after that, baby # 2 is born...
  • 5. Dickens • 1843 -- A Christmas Carol • 1844 -- Martin Chuzzlewit • 1844 -- The Chimes • 1845 -- The Cricket on the Hearth • 1846 -- The Battle of Life • 1846 -- Dombey and Son • 1850 -- David Copperfield • 1853 -- Bleak House • 1853 -- A Child’s History of England and... a near nervous breakdown • 1854 -- Hard Times • 1857 -- Little Dorrit
  • 6. • 1859 -- A Tale of Two Cities • 1861 -- Great Expectations • 1865 -- Our Mutual Friends • 1869 -- The Mystery of Edwin Drood (unfinished)a  Dickens wrote 15 major novels in a career spanning 33 years.  His peak of creativity and literary prowess was in mid - late career from 1848 - 1865.
  • 7. HE EXERCISED HIS SOCIAL CONSCIENCE • He crusaded for children’s rights. • He was an advocate of child labor laws to protect children. • He opposed cruelty, deprivation, and corporal punishment of children. • He believed in and lobbied for just treatment of criminals. • He gave 16 public readings in 1858 to raise money for the Hospital for Sick Children
  • 8.
  • 9. In addition, • He protested a greedy, uncaring, materialistic society through such works as A Christmas Carol, which Dickens called “a sledgehammer” he used figuratively to wake up the reading public • He repeatedly used satire to highlight problems in his society
  • 10. A sad ending • 1870 -- Dickens, who had been in declining health since 1866, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. • He is buried in the Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey in London
  • 11. POETS’ CORNER  Dickens’ epitaph: “He was a sympathizer to the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England’s greatest writers is lost to the world.”
  • 12. * *Dickens wrote, “I wished to show in little Oliver, the principle of Good surviving through every adverse circumstance and triumphing at last.”
  • 13. Themes O The powerlessness of children O Good’s ability to triumph over evil O Man’s humanity to man O Man’s inhumanity to man O The outcast’s search for status and identity O The heinous nature of crime and criminals O Use of irony O Use of coincidence O Use of humor