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Charles Dickens

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Debrinna Adams

on 19 March 2013

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CHARLES DICKENS An Author Was Born! Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, on the southern coast of England. In 1827, he had to drop out of school and work as an office boy to contribute to his family’s income. The job became an early launching point for his writing career.

Within a year of being hired, Dickens began freelance reporting at the law courts of London. A few years later, he was reporting for two major London newspapers.

In 1833, he began submitting sketches to various magazines and newspapers under the pseudonym “Boz.” Dickens first toured the United States in 1842.

He spoke of his opposition to slavery and expressed his support for additional reform.

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. During the 1850s, Dickens suffered two devastating losses: the deaths of his daughter and father.

He also separated from his wife during that decade.

Consequently, his novels began to express his darkened worldview. Beginning and ending with some of English literature's most famous lines, Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities thrives on tension and conflict, all set against a bloody backdrop of the French Revolution. The French Revolution changed the political landscape of the state’s aristocracy as the monarchy of France collapsed.

Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities was set in the time preceding the French Revolution and the time during the movement itself. Charles Dickens wrote this book to help portay how horrible the feudal system was and the laws by which the king let his people live. Dickens wanted to change the laws.

A Tale of Two Cities is the fear many English people harbored that a similar revolution would erupt in London. In Bleak House, published in installments from 1852 to 1853, he deals with the hypocrisy of British society. It was considered his most complex novel to date.

In 1865, Dickens was in a train accident and never fully recovered. Despite his fragile condition, he continued to tour until 1870.

On June 9, 1870, Dickens had a stroke and, at age 58, died at Gad’s Hill Place, his country home in Kent, England The story was based in two major European hubs of the time which still attract significant attention today; London and Paris.

The tale revolved around a French aristocrat and a dissolved British barrister. February 7, 1812 - June 9, 1870 Early History As An Author... Personal Life Charles Dickens with his wife and daughter. Later in Life Charles Dickens and The Reasons Behind
A Tale of Two Cities. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.
It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.
It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness.
It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair... We had everything before us, we had nothing before us.
We were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens Debrinna Adams, Amanda Justice, and Amanda Morrison His 76 readings earned him no less than $95,000, which, in the Victoria era, amounted to approximately $1.5 million in current U.S. dollars.

At home, Dickens had become so famous that people recognized him all over London as he strolled around the city collecting the observations that would serve as inspiration for his future work.
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