Charles Dickens is probably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life -- along with his memorable characters -- have made him beloved by readers the world over. In Dickens' books live some of the most repugnant villains in literature, as well as some of the most likeable (and unlikely) heroes.
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Also Known As:
Charles John Huffam Dickens (full name) "Boz" (pen name)
Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Place of Birth:
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
|Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington
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Charles Dickens, Radhika Jones (Introduction)
Written in the last decade of Dickens’s life, Great Expectations reveals the author’s dark attitudes toward Victorian society, its inherent class structure, and its materialism. Richly comic and immensely readable, it is a tapestry woven of vividly drawn characters, moral maelstroms, and the sorrow and pity of love.
Acclaimed novelist Jane Smiley examines what Charles Dickens reveals about his life through his writings -- as only another creator of fiction can.