Charles Dickens Essay

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English author Charles Dickens continues to be one of the most widely read Victorian (nineteenth-century) novelists. Scrooge, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Nicholas Nickelby remain familiar characters today. His novels describe the life and conditions of the poor and working class in the Victorian era of England, when people lived by strict rules. Charles Dickens is now one of the most famous writers of the nineteenth century; however, he did have many struggles before he became such a writer. His early childhood was anything but glamorous, and his family far from being picture-perfect. His misfortunes as a child seem to be a reoccurring theme in many of his novels. Just like many other writers, Charles Dickens took his own life experiences and poured them out into his writings. This is why much of Charles Dickens’ fiction is concerned with characters that are considered unfortunate outcasts, notably in A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, and Hard Times. Charles Dickens contributed much too American literature in what was known as the Victorian Period. Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, at Portsea (later part of Portsmouth) on the southern coast of England, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. Charles was the second born of eight children. His father was a pay clerk in the navy office. Because of financial difficulties, the family moved about until they settled in Camden Town, a poor neighborhood in London, England. At the age of twelve Charles worked with working-class men and boys in a factory that handled "blacking," or shoe polish. While his father was in debtor's prison, the rest of the family moved to live near the prison, leaving Charles to live alone. This experience of lonely hardship was the most significant event of his life. It colored his view of the world and would later be described in a number of his novels. Charles

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