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The Life Of Charles Dickens A biography by Harshil Shah - An Elizabethan Era View January 2004 Contents IntroductionPg3 Early ChildhoodPg4 Dickenss Working LifePg6 Dickenss Personal and Family LifePg9 What is Dickens Famous forPg12 Dickens and TheatrePg15 Dickens ReadingsPg15 What was Dickens like ReallyPg16 ConclusionPg19 Introduction Charles Dickens 1812-1870 is one of the greatest English novelists of the Victorian period He wrote many novels such as Oliver Twist and Great Expectations but they didnt die with him His books are still very popular today Dickenss novels are full of great feeling He tries to fight injustice and unfairness he loathes social evil and he despairs double standards Many events and people in his books were based on events and people in his life As a child he had very bad experiences - working in a factory and his father going to prison and facing poverty Dickenss writings are complex Sometimes he preaches social reform and family life Other times he vividly and brutally reflects on the Victorian era Occasionally he uses comedy for example writing about things behaving like people whilst people behave like machines His style of writing is very descriptive - he writes like an imaginative yet frightened child Early Childhood Charles Dickens was born February 7 1812 in Portsmouth England He was the second child of eight children Dickens father was a clerk in the navy Although he was well paid he often got into trouble because he was unable to use his money wisely When Dickens was two years old his family moved to Chatham in London By four Dickens was an avid reader Dickens loved his father and they would often take walks During one of these walks
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