Charles Dickens won no awards, but his writings and lectures caused him to become one of the most popular and well-paid celebrities of his era. Many other writers praised his work, and after his death, a number of memorials were created in honor of his contributions to literature.Continue Reading
After a difficult childhood during which he had to suspend his education several times to work to support his family, Dickens became a reporter. His first book, "Sketches by Boz," appeared in brief pieces in magazines and newspapers before being compiled into one volume. The popularity of this book led to other publishing offers. His next books, "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club" and "Oliver Twist," both of which appeared first in monthly installments, increased his fame. He made two lecture tours through the United States, drawing great attention, sell-out crowds and large fees. Besides his novels, all of which appeared serialized first in periodicals, he published travelogues, plays and short story collections.
Writers such as Leo Tolstoy, George Orwell, G.K. Chesterton and William Makepeace Thackeray praised Dickens's work. George Bernard Shaw remarked on the seditiousness of the social commentary in his novels. There are many modern commemorations of his legacy, including the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum in Portsmouth, an exhibit of original manuscripts at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a major exhibit at the Museum of London, a British banknote with his portrait, a theme park called Dickens World and a place for Dickens and his books on critics' lists of the greatest authors and books of all time.Learn more about Literature
Charles Dickens wrote the novel "Great Expectations" in October of 1860. The novel was actually published in weekly installments by All the Year Round from December of 1860 through August of 1861.Full Answer >
There were two significant reasons why Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol." The first was the fact that his latest book was not selling and led him into serious financial trouble. The second was a visit to the industrial city of Manchester in 1843, where he saw the plight of the poor and felt the need to comment on the wide gap between them and the rich.Full Answer >
"Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens has multiple themes. Failure of charity, recklessness of individualism, purity in a corrupt city and idealized countryside are themes of this novel.Full Answer >
The four ghosts who appear in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens are Jacob Marley, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. All four visit Ebenezer Scrooge within the span of a few hours.Full Answer >