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The World of Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic who is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.

Dickens Biography
Born February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, London 1824 - Dickens worked at Warrens Blacking Warehouse 1824 - Mr. Dickens (Charles father) taken to debtors prison; family joins him Imprisoned from February - May

1827 - Dickens family evicted from home for not paying rent Charles is pulled out of private school Charles, now 15, becomes law clerk and free-lance writer 1834 - Charles takes Boz as pen name 1834 - Charles Dad re-arrested for debts

And so it goes...
1850 1853 1853 1854 1857 1859 1861 1865 1869 - David Copperfield - Bleak House - A Childs History of England - Hard Times - Little Dorrit - A Tale Of Two Cities - Great Expectations - Our Mutual Friends - The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Unfinished)

Dickens starts Publishing!

1836 1837 1837 1843 1844 1844 1845 1846 1846 - Sketches by Boz - The Pickwick Papers - Oliver Twist - A Christmas Carol - Martin Chuzzlewit - The Chimes - The Cricket On The Hearth - The Battle Of Life - Dombey and Son

Dickens career
Dickens wrote 15 major novels in a career spanning 33 years. His peak of creativity and literary prowess was in mid - late career from 1848 - 1865.

Dickens Best
Bleak House Little Dorrit Great Expectations Our Mutual Friend

Dickenss marrieD life

In 1836, Charles (24) and Catherine Hogarth got married. And one year later, the first little Dickens was born. And one year after. that, baby #2 was born...

Problems after marriage

He fathered 10 children. His wife left him (in 1856). He developed heart trouble.

He exercised his social conscience

He crusaded for childrens rights. He was an advocate of child labor laws to protect children. He opposed cruelty, deprivation, and corporal punishment of children.

In addition
He protested against a greedy, uncaring, materialistic society through his works. He repeatedly used satire to highlight problems in his society.

A sad ending
1870 -- Dickens, who had been in declining health since 1866, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on June 9. He is buried in the Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey in London

Westminster Abbey

The powerlessness of children Goods ability to triumph over evil Mans humanity to man Mans inhumanity to man The heinous nature of crime and criminals

What to watch (out) for...

Use of irony

Use of coincidence
Use of humor

Dickens epitaph: He was a sympathizer to the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of Englands greatest writers is lost to the world.

Thank You
Sangeeta Bhattacharya Neeraj Karande
Rahul Bisht Karan Jadhavrao

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