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CHARLES DICKENS -life & works

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Shalin James

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life & works

In 1842, Dickens and his wife, Kate, embarked on a five-month lecture tour of the United States.
During his first U.S. tour, in 1842, Dickens had criticised the American of their Behaviour refering to his childhood,so In light of his criticism of the American people during his first tour,
Dickens launched a second U.S. tour, from 1867 to 1868, hoping to set things right with the public.

On his second tour, he made a charismatic speech promising to praise the United States.
Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens
was an English writer and Social critic.
He was born on February 7 1812 in Landport,England
Charles Dickens was born to his father John Dickens who was a naval clerk and his mother Elizabeth Barrow who was a teacher and school director
Even though his parents worked hard, the family remained poor.
Early Life
Charles Dickens was the second of the eight children.
In 1822, the Dickens family moved to Camden Town, a poor neighborhood in London. By then the family’s financial situation had grown worse , as John Dickens had a dangerous habit of living beyond the family’s means. Eventually, John Dickens was sent to prison for debt in 1824, when Charles Dickens was just 12 years old.
Following his father’s imprisonment, Charles Dickens was forced to leave school to work at a boot-blacking factory.
It was the best he could do to help support his family.

He felt abandoned and betrayed by the adults who were supposed to take care of him. These sentiments became a recurring theme in his writing.
Much to his relief, Dickens was permitted to go back to school when his father received a family inheritance and used it to pay off his debts.
But when Dickens was 15, his education was pulled out from under him once again. In 1827, he had to drop out of school and work as an office boy to contribute to his family’s income. As it turned out, the job became an early launching point for his writing career.
In the same year that Sketches by Boz was released, Dickens started publishing The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
this was how his writing career started.....
By now,Dickens had also become publisher of a magazine called
Bentley’s Miscellany
In this magazine he started publishing his first novel,

Oliver Twist
, which follows the life of an orphan living in the streets.
The story was inspired by how Dickens felt as a poor child forced to get by on his wits and earn his own living .
Dickens continued showcasing Oliver Twist in the magazines he later edited, including
Household Words
All the Year Round,
the latter of which he founded.
The novel was extremely well received in both England and America
Household Words
Charles Dickens
All Year Around
Charles Dickens
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (Monthly serial, April 1836 to November 1837)
The Adventures of Oliver Twist (Monthly serial in Bentley's Miscellany, February 1837 to April 1839)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Monthly serial, April 1838 to October 1839)
The Old Curiosity Shop (Weekly serial in Master Humphrey's Clock, 25 April 1840, to 6 February 1841)
Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty (Weekly serial in Master Humphrey's Clock, 13 February 1841, to 27 November 1841)
The Christmas books:
A Christmas Carol (1843)
The Chimes (1844)
The Cricket on the Hearth (1845)
The Battle of Life (1846)
2-Our Mutual Friend
His final complete novel, with its vast panoply of characters, its emotional generosity, its violent drama and its rich humor made it a great success..
4-Oliver Twist
With its larger-than-life villainies and its endless excitements, is the perfect book to begin with. Who will ever forget the supremely wicked Fagin who co-opts homeless boys into a life of crime, the murderous Bill Sikes, the brave young Oliver himself,
5-Dombey and Son
A powerful tragedy of a distant, cold businessman who comes to realize too late the value of his worthy daughter, Florence, after the death of his beloved son
6-Nicholas Nickleby
Perhaps the most high-spirited of all Dickens’s novels, yet also a grim, devastating attack on the Yorkshire schools to which unwanted children were dispatched.
1-Great Expectations

With its thrilling story that is also a profound look at the moral education of a boy who has been persecuted and deceived but whose essential goodness of heart eventually rescues him from snobbery and delusion.
3-David Copperfield
The book closest to Dickens’s heart . The first-person narrative sweeps you along, and the characters -- from the wicked Murdstones and conniving Uriah Heep to the warm-hearted if feckless Micawbers, from Aunt Betsey Trotwood, Little Em’ly, and Steerforth.
Thank You
shaLiN jAmEs
On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered a stroke at his home after a full day's work . After the stroke he never regained consciousness, and the next day, on
9 June
, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad's Hill Place.
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