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Charles Dickens & The Victorian Era

Author of the famous novel, - A Christmas Carol
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Shane N.

on 20 December 2012

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Charles Dickens
&
The Victorian Era Foods by Shane N. Before Dickens' first novel... - "From Crow Scaring to Westminister" by George Edwards Food for the wealthy Upper Class! Born on February 7, 1812... ...I, Charles John Huffam Dickens was the offspring of a Navy Pay Office clerk, John Dickens. My father wasn't very great with finances. Therefore, he was imprisoned for debt. By the time I was 12 years old, I was sent into labor at a boot-blacking factory. My father was freed from prison and saved me from a factorial lifestyle. I was a pupil in a school. At fifteen, I was employed as an office boy at an attorney's. My stint at the Blacking Factory had scarred me for all of my life. I had only spoken about it with my wife, and my closest friend, John Forster. As I grew older, I began to take an interest in literature, thus beginning my novelist career.
"At the next wheat-sowing I was again set to work cleaning turnips, what cold hands I had when snow was on the ground! And what suffering from backache! Those who know anything about this class of work may judge how hard it was for a child of six and a half years. My mother did all she could to help me. She would get up in the morning and make a little fire over which to boil some water. With this she would soak a little bread and a small piece of butter. This would constitute my breakfast. For dinner I had, day after day for weeks, nothing but 2 slices of bread, a small piece of cheese, and an apple or an onion." Breakfast: The Adventures of Oliver Twist Much like his childhood, Charles Dickens wrote a book called "The Adventures of Oliver Twist" , written in February 1837, is somewhat of a biography of Charles Dickens' childhood. The main protagonist, Oliver Twist is born and raised in an orphanage, working in a factory to support himself. Some of Dickens other works included... "David Copperfield" "A Christmas Carol" "Great Expectations" "A Tale of Two Cities" "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club" -October 1846 -April 1859 -December 1860 -December 1843 -April 1836 During his lifetime... ...Charles Dickens wrote a total of 15 major novels, countless short stories, and articles before he passed away on June 9, 1870 ...he worked as a reporter for a newspaper. He also was to write short texts to accompany illustrations by Robert Seymour, a famous artist. Seymour committed suicide, and under those circumstances, Dickens gained the concept of which he used in the "Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club". In the December of 1843... "a whimsical sort of masque intended to awaken loving and forbearing thoughts" - December 1844 In 1857... ...Dickens' theatrical company performed a play he and Wilkie Collins collaborated on in 1856, "The Frozen Deep" for the Queen. ...Charles Dickens wrote the very famous novel, "A Christmas Carol." Like "The Adventures of Oliver Twist", A Christmas Carol was also based off the tragic events that occurred in the early years of Dickens' life, such as the poor lifestyle of people. Most of it was also based off of his own personality, portaying Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens' conflicting feelings for his father (who was frequently in and out of jail) was what led to Scrooge's dual personality, one being a cold, greedy man, and the other being a generous, sociable man with a good will towards all.

A Description of A Christmas Carol: Personality Dickens was energetic, humorous
and enjoyed
popular entertainment,
such as mimicry He told many stories
from his childhood Some stories he told were
told to him about spirits and
supernatural beings He had an amazing eye for
detail and boasted about his photographic memory It is said that he was a vain man
with strict discipline towards
his children He was an incredibly hard worker,
proven by his novels and short stories Food of the Victorian Era Charles Dickens (obviously) ate food on a daily basis. During the early years of his life, he lived a very poor lifestyle. He worked as a child for only enough money to support himself and his family. For food, here are various quotes from: http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/rcbcmuseums.nsf/Web?ReadForm&id=05CFDA690CB9EA518025773E004D2D4F about the types of foods they ate. Some of them were............. "The better paid workers, especially those in whose families every member is able to earn something, have good food as long as the state of things lasts; meat daily, and bacon and cheese for supper. Where wages are less, meat is used only two or three times a week, and the proportion of bread and potatoes increases. Descending gradually, we find a small piece of bacon, cut up with potatoes, lower still, even this disappears, and there remains only bread, cheese, porridge and potatoes until, on the lowest rung of the ladder, potatoes form the sole food." - "Working Class in England in 1844" by F. Engles Food for the Middle Class The people in the Middle Class at very well. A Middle Class family usually had: - Breakfast at 9 o'clock
- Lunch about mid-day followed by pudding
- Dinner was a grand meal with as many as 20 to 40 dishes -Bacon, Eggs, Kedgeree
-Grilled Sheep's Kidney
-Toast, Marmalade
-Tea, Coffee, Cocoa Lunch: -Soup
-Hot and Cold Meats
-Cheese
-Fruit Tarts, Blancmange Dinner: -Soup
-Fish
-Roast Beef
-Stewed Apples
-Jelly, Fruit He is known for his dark and dramatic stories based on realism and facts. Overall, Charles Dickens and The Victorian Era has been an interesting and enjoyable study for me. It is a privilege to be able to learn about the greatest novelist of his time, and his lifestyle. -THE END -Shane N.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
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