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Charles Dickens
Charles John Huffam Dickens, was born in 7 February 1812 and died in June 1870.He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and one of the most popular of all time.He created some of literature's most iconic characters, with the theme of social reform running throughout his work. The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they havenever gone out of print.
Much of his work first appeared in periodicals and magazines in serialised form, a popular way of publishing fiction at the time. Other writers would complete entire novelsbefore serial publication commenced, but Dickens often wrote his in parts, in the order they were meant to appear. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by one "cliffhanger"after another, to keep the public eager for the next installment.
His work has been praised for its mastery of prose, and for its teeming gallery of unique personalities, by writers such as GeorgeGissing and G. K. Chesterton, though the same characteristics have prompted others, such as Henry James and Virginia Woolf, to criticize him for sentimentality and implausibility.
Dickens is famed for manythings—his depiction of the hardships of the working class, his intricate plots, his sense of humour. But he is perhaps most famed for the characters he created. His novels were heralded early in hiscareer for their ability to capture the everyday man on paper and thus create a memorable character to whom readers could relate, and envision as a real person. Beginning with Pickwick Papers in1836, Dickens wrote numerous novels, each uniquely filled with believable personalities and vivid physical descriptions. Dickens's friend and biographer, John Forster, said that Dickens made "charactersreal existences, not by describing them but by letting them describe themselves.
Dickensian characters—especially their typically whimsical names—are among the most memorable in English literature....
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