Friday, August 10, 2007
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
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Born on February 7, 1812, the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens. His father was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office. In 1824 his father was imprisoned for debt. His wife and children joined him in the Marshalsea Prison. Charles was put to work at Warren's Blacking Factory. The brief period at the Blacking Factory haunted him all of his life and emerged in the themes of alienation and betrayal in David Copperfield and in Great Expectations. In 1850, Dickens started a weekly journal entitled Household Words to which he contributed the serialized works of Child's History of England (1851-53), Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), and Great Expectations (1860-61). At the same time, Dickens worked on his greatest novels, including David Copperfield (1849-50), Bleak House (1852-53), Little Dorrit (1855-57), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-65).
As his career progressed, Dickens became more and more disenchanted. His works had always reflected the pains of the common man, but works such as Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend expressed his progressing anger and disillusionment with society. [Adapted from Spectrum]
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