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Charles Dickens

Updated on September 9, 2013
Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens


  • Name: Charles Dickens
  • Birthname: Charles John Huffham Dickens
  • Born: 7 February 1812
  • Place of birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK
  • Spouse: Catherine Hogarth (2 April 1836 - 1858) (separated) 10 children
  • Died: 9 June 1870
  • Place of death: Gadshill, England, UK
  • Cause of death: Stroke
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Brief Biography

Charles Dickens is to Victorian England what Shakespeare is to Renaissance England. This greatest of Victorian writers was born in Landport, Portsmouth, on February 7, 1812.

Dickens has produced some of the most memorable writings in the English language, including such well known works as A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and The Pickwick Papers.

Dickens's works are characterized by attacks on social evils, injustice, and hypocrisy. Dickens's good, bad, and comic characters, such as the cruel and greedy Ebenezer Scrooge, the aspiring novelist David Copperfield, or the trusting and innocent Mr. Pickwick, have fascinated generations of readers.

Even today his works are still widely read and regularly adapted for cinema and television. Over 75 feature films have been made based on his books.

Great Expectations (1946) - opening sequence


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      Andriy 6 years ago

      Great video,thanks.

      Here is an article about Charles Dickens:

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the nice post...

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      Sheila 9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Have you read any Dickens?

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      RKHenry 9 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

      He's in my top ten!

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      Lidian 9 years ago

      Great summary - I love Victorian novels and Dickens especially. Bleak House is my favorite of his novels (I like the BBC dramatization as well)