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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens
Dickens in New York, circa 1867–1868

Born

Charles John Huffam Dickens7 February 1812 Landport, Hampshire, England

Died

9 June 1870 Higham, Kent, England

Resting place

Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey

Occupation

Writer

Nationality

British

Notable works

  • The Pickwick Papers
  • Oliver Twist
  • Nicholas Nickleby
  • A Christmas Carol
  • David Copperfield
  • Bleak House
  • Little Dorrit
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Great Expectations

Spouse

Catherine Thomson Hogarth

Children

  • Charles Dickens Jr.
  • Mary Dickens
  • Kate Perugini
  • Walter Landor Dickens
  • Francis Dickens
  • Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens
  • Sydney Smith Haldimand Dickens
  • Henry Fielding Dickens
  • Dora Annie Dickens
  • Edward Dickens

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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 novels and short stories are still widely read today.

Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed readings extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. - Charles Dickens

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

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The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons. - Charles Dickens

The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.

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A boy's story is the best that is ever told. - Charles Dickens

A boy's story is the best that is ever told.

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There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts. - Charles Dickens

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.

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Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions. - Charles Dickens

Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions.

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The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you. - Charles Dickens

The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.

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The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself. - Charles Dickens

The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself.

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That sort of half sigh, which, accompanied by two or three slight nods of the head, is pity's small change in general society. - Charles Dickens

That sort of half sigh, which, accompanied by two or three slight nods of the head, is pity's small change in general society.

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Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true. - Charles Dickens

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.

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Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship and pass the rosy wine. - Charles Dickens

Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship and pass the rosy wine.

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If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers. - Charles Dickens

If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.

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Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips. - Charles Dickens

Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.

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Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that. - Charles Dickens

Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.

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Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest. - Charles Dickens

Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.

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It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations. - Charles Dickens

It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.

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Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire. - Charles Dickens

Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.

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