Charles Dickens is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian Era.
He was born on the 7th Feburary 1812 in Landport, England and died 9th June 1870. He is buried in Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey.
- William Giles School until 1924
- Wellington House Academy 1924-1927
- After age 15, Dickens was mostly self -educated.
His father was imprisoned for debt. Dickens was sent to work in a factory to support his family. He later remarked “how I could have been so easily cast away at such an age?” ( Forster 2006, pp. 23–24.)
The abandonment Dickens felt by the adults in his life was a recurring theme in his work.
Collection of works:
Dickens wrote 26 major works and hundreds of minor works, some of his most popular works include;
- Oliver Twist
- Great Expectation
- A Christmas Carol
- Bleak House
- A Tale of Two Cities
Some words/phrases coined by Dickens:
- The creeps – a feeling of fear/revulsion
- Devil may care -reckles/ careles
- Flummox – confuse/perplex
- On the rampage -to act or move in a ramping manner; spring or rush violently; rage or storm about.
- Artful Doger – noun. A con artist or street thief.
- Bah Humbug – interjection. An exclamation of irritation or disgust
- Doormat – noun. Used metaphorically, a person who is treated poorly.
- Fagin – someone who trains children in crime.
- Butter-fingers – clumsiness
Facts on Dickens:
- He was paid by installment
- He published novels serially
- He was an advocate of hypnotism and attempted to use it to cure his wife and children of ailments.
- He was an obsessive compulsive, reportedly always re-arranging his hotel furniture and having to sleep with his head pointing north.
- The Oxford English Dictionary credits Dickens with introducing 247 new words or new usages into the language.