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Charles Dickens


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Charles Dickens

  2. 2. Biography Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer, generally considered to be the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and responsible for some of English literature's most iconic novels and characters. Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth on 7th of February of 1812.Charles spent his childhood in the atmosphere of love and friendship. Charles grew up in Chatham(east of London)and lived there until he was ten.
  3. 3. Biography When he was only 12 years old ,his father went to prison because of financial problems and his family moved to Kent in London. Dickens left the school and went to work in a factory. In 1813 he became a newspaper reporter. Soon he started writing short stories for magazines. A lot of people bougth the magazines to read the story. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in April 1836.They had ten children and he divorced in 1858.
  4. 4. Biography In 1858 he undertook a tour of the UK and Ireland,where he read excerpts from his work publicly.After acquiring the house where he spent his childhood, Gad’s Hill Place ,in 1856,soon became their permanent residence.Dickens travailled and lived in north America , swtlzerland,Italy and France. On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke in his house, after a full day's work on Edwin Drood. He never regained consciousness, and the next day, on 9 June, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash (9 June 1865), he died in Gad's Hill Place. He was buried in poets Corner in Westminster Abbey in London.
  5. 5. Early novels In 1833 Dickens's first story, A Dinner at Poplar Walk was published in the London periodical, Monthly Magazine. The following year he rented rooms at Furnival's Inn becoming a political journalist, reporting on parliamentary debate and travelling across Britain to cover election campaigns for the Morning Chronicle. His journalism, in the form of sketches in periodicals, formed his first collection of pieces Sketches by Boz, published in 1836. This led to the serialisation of his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, in March 1836. He continued to contribute to and edit journals throughout his literary career.
  6. 6. Importantworks: -Oliver Twist(1838): Oliver Twist was the second novel of Charles Dickens.The story follows the young life of an orphan who endures a horrible life in a workhouse(a place where those unable to support themselves are offered employment and housing).Oliver is later placed with an undertaker of whom he later escapes,but only to fall into the evil hands of a pickpocket gang. This book is know for exposing the terrible treatment of orphaned children in London during this time.
  7. 7. Importantworks: -David Copperfield(1850): This story follows the life of David Copperfield from childhood to adult. As a child David is sent to boarding school by stepfather because he defended himself during a beating.The story continues into David’s adult years, and so many traits of his character can be applied to Dickens himself. This novel is said to follow many events of Dickens own life , and out of all his works is know as the closest to an autobiography.
  8. 8. Importantworks: -A Tale of Two Cities(1859): It takes a place in the early years of the revolution, and provides look into the demoralization of the peasants by the aristocrats,and in a twist the brutal treatment of former aristocrats by the revolutionaries. This novel is reviewed as one of the most famous works in history of fictional literature.
  9. 9. Importantworks: -Great Expectations(1860): This story follows the live in an orphan named Philip Phirrip.In the beginning Pip lives with is abusive sister and her husband, but he is later sent to live with a woman who teaches him to work a laborer,despite his hopes she will teach him to be a gentleman.The story continues to follow Pip throughout his life through adulthood.He eventualy inherits a fortune. The majority of critics agree that this novel is Dickens greatest.
  10. 10. Importantworks: -A Christmas Carol(1843): One of Charles Dickens most famous and loved story is a Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge is a business owne who only thinks of turning a profit and cares nothing for his employee Mr.Cratchit. Mr.Scrooges evil ways have prompted three spirits to show him his mistakes and what will come of him if he doesn’t fix his wicked ways.
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  12. 12. Myopinion: Charles Dickens was one of the best writers in the world. His stories are very good and famous and funny too. In my opinion , he was a very good writer.