Charles Dickens: “Literary Chronicler of the Industrial Revolution”

Charles Dickens: "Literary Chronicler of Industrial Revolution" (1812-1870)

                Charles Dickens began working to help his support his family at the age of twelve. It would be a foundation for the rest of his life. His family was poor, but so were many Victorian families in what was one of the greatest industry booms for Britain. Dickens gave them a voice when he used his own life as an inspiration for many of his stories. He wrote most of his material for magazines and the long novels came out in weekly installments for his devoted followers. His childhood as a laborer inspired such notable works as: The Adventures of Oliver Twist and David Copperfield (said to be the most autobiographical). His time as a clerk inspired one of his most famously told and retold stories: A Christmas Carol. Through his writing, Dickens showed the higher classes what it was really like for the demoralized working class.

Famous Works:

  • The Adventures of Oliver Twist
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • A Christmas Carol
  • David Copperfield
  • Bleak House
  • Little Dorrit
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Great Expectations


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