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					Charles Dickens
William Powell Frith, Portrait of Charles Dickens, London,
Victoria and Albert Museum.
Charles Dickens




       1. Dickens’s life
   •    Born in Portsmouth in 1812 then his
        family moved to London
   •    Unhappy childhood: he had to work in a
        factory at the age of 12 (his father went
        to prison for debts). It was a traumatic
        experience which marked him for life.
        However, it was a formative experience
        which made him understand the
        importance of economic stability and
        made him very sensitive to the social
        problems of the time. It also provided
        him with themes, topics for his future
        novels.
                                                    Evert A. Duyckinick, Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens




   1. Dickens’s life
   •    He went back to school when his
       father’s financial condition
       improved.
   •   He became a newspaper reporter
       with the pen name Boz.
   •    In 1836 Sketches by Boz, articles
       about London people and scenes,
       were published in instalments.

   •    Success with autobiographical
       novels, Oliver Twist (1838), David
       Copperfield (1849-50), Little Dorrit
       (1857).
   •   Bleak House (1853), Hard Times
       (1854), Great Expectations (1860-61)
                                              Evert A. Duyckinick, Charles Dickens
       set against the background of social
       issues such as the conditions of the
Charles Dickens




   1. Dickens’s life
   •    He visited Canada and the United
       States where he advocated
       international copyright and the
       abolition of slavery.
   •   He spent the last years of his life
       giving readings of his own work in
       England, Scotland, Ireland, until he
       died in London in 1870.
   •   He was buried at Westminster Abbey




                                              Evert A. Duyckinick, Charles Dickens

				
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