Charles Dickens


Charles Dickens

(7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870)

Charles John Huffam Dickens

English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature's most iconic novels and characters.

Many of his writings were originally published serially, in monthly instalments, a format of publication which Dickens himself helped popularise. Unlike other authors who completed novels before serialisation, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialised. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next instalment.The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print.

Dickens's work has been highly praised for its realism, comedy, mastery of prose, unique personalities and concern for social reform, by writers such as Leo Tolstoy, George Orwell and G. K. Chesterton; though others, such as Henry James and Virginia Woolf, have criticised it for melodrama, sentimentality and implausibility.

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. Charles Dickens .


Prince Charles leads tributes
on Charles Dickens' 200th birthday

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Duchess of Cornwall and many of the writer's descendants joined Prince Charles for a service at Westminster Abbey, with the heir to the throne describing the Oliver Twist creator as 'one of the greatest writers of the English language'.

Actor Ralph Fiennes, who is set to star in an adaptation of Great Expectations, read an extract from classic novel Bleak House before the congregation laid a wreath at Poets' Corner where Dickens was buried in 1870.
source : www.metro.co.uk


Haiku and Senryu

Charles Dickens
in a bookstore window...
homeless youth's gaze

Chen-ou Liu


Charles Dickens' birthday
few have great expectations
in these hard times

Armando H. Corbelle (Catbird 55)

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