Charles Dickens Bio

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Charles Dickens Bio

  1. 1. Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema
  2. 2. Gad’ Gad’s Hill Place
  3. 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. 4. Charles’ Mother and Father Charles’ Mother – Father – Elizabeth John Dickens Dickens
  5. 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. 6. Warren’ Warren’s Blacking Factory
  7. 7. Childhood • at age twelve, Charles was forced to work in the factory • worked from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  8. 8. Marshalsea Prison
  9. 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. 10. Wellington House Academy
  11. 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. 12. Charles Dickens as a Young Man
  13. 13. Young Adulthood • quit school at 15 • worked in various jobs
  14. 14. Maria Beadnell
  15. 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. 16. Dickens’ Dickens’ London
  17. 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. 18. Depositing the Manuscript: Walk” “A Dinner at Poplar Walk”
  19. 19. Sketches by Boz
  20. 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. 21. Catherine Hogarth
  22. 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. 23. The Pickwick Papers
  24. 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. 25. Mary Hogarth
  26. 26. Nell Lucy Manette Agnes Heep from from from The Old A Tale of Two David Curiosity Shop Cities Copperfield
  27. 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. 28. Scenes from movie versions of Oliver Twist
  29. 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. 30. Fagin from Oliver Twist
  31. 31. Uriah Heep from David Copperfield
  32. 32. Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol
  33. 33. Miss Havisham from Great Expectations
  34. 34. Little Nell Nell herher deathbedfrom Little and on grandfather The Old Curiosity Shop
  35. 35. Charles Dickens Before His First Trip to America
  36. 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. 37. Dickens in America Portrait Done in Boston
  38. 38. Dickens in America
  39. 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. 40. Dickens’ Dickens’ Former Home Decorated for the Holidays
  41. 41. “The Sparkler of Albion” Albion”
  42. 42. A Christmas Carol
  43. 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. 44. Maria Beadnell ... again
  45. 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. 46. Dickens in 1867
  47. 47. Charles Dickens Visits America a Second Time
  48. 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. 49. The Swiss Chalet at Gad’s Hill
  50. 50. The Couch Dickens Died on at Gad’ Gad’s Hill
  51. 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. 52. Dickens’ Dickens’ Characters Filled his Mind
  53. 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?

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