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Describe how social conditions were conveyed by any 19th Century Author Charles John Huffam censoredens born at Portsea near Portsmouth on 7th February 1812 Dickens had some schooling but his real education was the streets of London All the best scenes in his later novels deal with London Characters Dickens appealed to social consciousness to overcome social misery His immense popularity gave importance to his attacks on the abuses of the law - courts and schools who object was not the education of the children but the enrichment of the proprietors was sweeping the country It was the Industrial Revolution England witnessed riots Workers felt their jobs were threatened by the widening introduction of machinery Groups of unemployed men set about destroying machines and in their way created havoc and chaos The movement was called the Luddite movement In Victorian times there was an alarming contrast between rich and poor whilst the owners of the industries were prosperous - the workers were poorly fed and poorly housed Their working conditions whether in factories or mines were appalling even women and children could be expected to work up to fifteen hours a day for six days a week Dickens the man who many people look upon as the greatest English novelist once worked as a poor boy pasting labels on the tins of blacking Charles never forgot this miserable and lonely time But the experiences made him determined to succeed in life He was a man of the people writing for the people His father was a shiftless admiralty clerk and in his youth censoredens experienced the direct effects of poverty including a resident in a debtors prison His father was often in debt and young Charles used to visit his parents in marshalsea Prison we read about life in such prisons in one of his books Little dorritt - imprisonment for debt and in Pickwick Papers the book that first brought fame to Dickens
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