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Charles Dickens

A sympathetic critic
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Johanna Holterhoff

on 14 March 2013

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A sympathetic critic Charles Dickens Childhood Dickens' view of
the 19th century - *7th February 1812 in Portsmouth, England

- 2nd/8 children

- Private education

- father was jailed due to debts

- works at young age to support his family - freelance reporting

- worked for newspapers

- published 'Oliver Twist' serially in 1837-1839

- married Catherine Hogarth Early Career - first trip to the USA -> 'American Notes'

- his novels influenced the people

- 1849 'David Copperfield' -> significant change in his literary style -> more serious topics

- he and his wife seperated

- public perfomances and readings Fame - rail accident -> mental pressure

- 2nd trip to USA -> promised not to criticise America again

- death: 9th June 1870 Later Years - displays dark sides and social issues of industrial revolution by using dark humor and sarcasm

- stresses his negative opinion on the current situation towards his readers http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/oliver/facts.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Twist
http://thevictorianist.blogspot.de/2011/01/staplehurst-rail-crash-or-how-we-nearly.html
http://www.classicly.com/10-awesome-facts-about-charles-dickens
http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2011/10/21/11-charles-dickens-facts/
http://www.shmoop.com/charles-dickens/timeline.html
http://www.poemhunter.com/charles-dickens/biography/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002042/bio
http://www.biography.com/people/charles-dickens-9274087?page=3 Sources
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