Charles Dickens is a literary legend. His books have sold millions of times over and have been staged and filmed and translated throughout the world. The very word Dickensian conjures scenes of bucolic Britain, industrial hardship and a clutch of characterful gargoyles.
But Dickens' early life was not one of privilege and ease. His father was in and out of debtor's prison and the author spent his early teens working in a blacking-factory. These humble beginnings are often reflected in his novels, his first being the serialisation of The Pickwick Papers in 1836. From then he wrote some of the greatest classic novels of our time.
On his death in 1870 the Times wrote, "The loss of such a man is an event which makes ordinary expressions of regret seem cold and conventional."
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