CHARLES DICKENS 1812 -1870
Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century, critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius.
His first book was a series of sketches (short stories) from London`s life which he published under the pseudonym ‘Boz’ (1835). The book «The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club» was a success. The same year Charles met Catherine Hogarth (the daughter of the editor). They fell in love and soon got married (1836). The next few years of passionate activity resulted in much writing and many children. His books became more and more popular.
In his novels «Oliver Twist», «Nicholas Nickeleby», «David Copperfield» Charles Dickens described the hard life of homeless children at school and workhouses.
His most famous novels are «Oliver Twist» (1838), «Nicholas Nickeleby» (1839), «David Copperfield» (1850), «Dombey and son» (1848), “The Bleak House” (1853), «Hard Times” (1854), «A Tale of Two Cities» (1859), «Great Expectations« (1861), «Our Mutual Friend» (1865), «Little Dorrit» (1857) and some others. He wrote 15 novels in all.
"Portrait of Charles Dickens"
Charles Dickens's birthplace, 393 Commercial Road, Portsmouth
Poster promoting a reading by Dickens in Nottingham dated 4 February 1869
Crowd of spectators buying tickets for a Dickens reading at Steinway Hall, New York City in 1867
Charles Dickens Museum. London