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Charles Dickens
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Charles John Huffam Dickens
  • Born: 7th February 1812, Landport, Hampshire, England
  • Died: 9th June 1870, Higham, Kent, England
  • Resting place: Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, England
  • Alma mater: Rome Dame School in Chatham and The Clover Lane Academy Chatham
  • Occupation: Writer, novelist and social reformer
  • Notable works: A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and The Pickwick Papers
  • Marriage resume: Catherine Thomson Hogarth 1836 - 1870 (his death)
  • Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
  • Influenced by: Christopher Huffam, Henry Fielding, Jane Austen, John Elwes, Tobias Smollet, Victor Hugo, William Shakespeare and William Wordsworth
  • Inspired: Adam Mars-Jones, Anne Rice, Carlos Fuentes, Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, Fyodor Dostoevsky, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, John Irving, Karl Marx, Peter Carey, Marlon James, Martin Amis, Maureen Corrigan, Michiko Kakutani, Rohinton Mistry, Sergei Eisenstein, Stephen King, Susanna Clarke, Virginia Woolf and Vincent van Gogh
  • Trivia: Such was his stance highlighting the woes of the poorest sections of society the word "Dickensian" has become synonymous with describing abject poverty
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"The most important thing in life is to stop saying; I wish and start saying; I will"

Charles Dickens

"Reflect upon your present blessings - of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some"

Charles Dickens

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

Charles Dickens

"Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule"

Charles Dickens

"It is said that the children of the very poor are not brought up, but dragged up"

Charles Dickens

"There is a wisdom of the Head, and … there is a wisdom of the Heart"

Charles Dickens

"I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape"

Charles Dickens

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else"

Charles Dickens

"The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none"

Charles Dickens

"Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes"

Charles Dickens

"Tears are rain on the dust of earth"

Charles Dickens

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

Charles Dickens

"Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door"

Charles Dickens

"What greater gift than the love of a cat"

Charles Dickens

"Every failure teaches a man something, if he will but learn"

Charles Dickens

"I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart"

Charles Dickens

"Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess"

Charles Dickens

"Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies"

Charles Dickens

"We must scrunch or be scrunched"

Charles Dickens

"We forge the chains we wear in life"

Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens Biography

Michael Joseph Farrelly Bio By: Michael Joseph Farrelly

Charles Dickens was a writer, social reformer and by far the best British novelist of the nineteenth century whose literature has influenced generations of budding authors and film makers. As a respected writer of influence he single handedly did more for social reform than any of the self righteous politicians of his era, as through his novels he shamed the establishment into action to improve child poverty, health care and grant education to the under privileged.

His influence reached further than the government as many self made people and even some of the upper classes became aware that they had the means to help by making donations to hospitals and ragged schools for the destitute.

Dickens successfully used the characters in his novels to convey his message of all manner of social injustice with his character Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol" having a profound effect on William Treloar who took inspiration to go on a fund raising campaign that resulted in the Lord Mayor Treloar’s Cripples Hospital and College opening in Hampshire. Nicholas Nickleby highlighted the fate of children sent to boarding schools and mistreated as slaves while Oliver Twist shone the light on the under class in London and the appalling conditions that children suffered in workhouses.



His characters ranged from likeable to despicable but they all were believable for the era they were written and he gave them some of the most wonderfully memorable names in English literature like Bill Sikes, David Copperfield, Ebenezer Scrooge, Fagin, Oliver Twist, The Artful Dodger, Uriah Heep and who could forget the morally reprehensible Wackford Squeers.

Not all his characters were human as Dickens had a pet Raven called "Grip" who he introduced as a talking bird in the novel "Barnaby Rudge". Grip has the distinction of inspiring the master of the macabre Edgar Allen Poe to write his epic poem "The Raven", published in 1845. After the death of "Grip" Dickens had him stuffed and mounted on his wall, these days Grip adorns the wall of the Free Library on Logan Circle in Philadelphia, U.S.

Charles Dickens' literary style used art work to paint a picture in the mind that reinforced the melodrama he created whilst drumming home the intellectual concepts of sentimentalism. It was a wonderful literary combination that still has the same powerful meaning in the minds of todays reader as it did to his shocked but enlightened 19th century audience. As a master wordsmith who was never shy to share his opinion he was always great for a quick quip, so here is my compilation of 20 of the best Charles Dickens quotes

Quotes About Charles Dickens

The literary artist Franz Kafka described him thus: "There is a heartlessness behind his sentimentally overflowing style"

The writer Walter Bagehot simply said: "He describes London like a special correspondent for posterity"

The wordsmith George Bernard Shaw recognised his talent: "One of the greatest books ever written in the English language was called Little Dorrit, and as soon as Englishmen realised that Little Dorrit was true there would be a revolution"


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