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A Tale of Two Cities This paper is a literary analysis over the book A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens It contains information about the author plot and characters in the story Devices and styles used to complete the book are also in this paper On February 7 1812 in Portsea Charles Dickens began his life His father John Dickens spent little time with Charles The family lived in poverty and John was in prison much of the time When Charles was two the family moved to London At age twelve Charles worked in a factory pasting labels on bottles of shoe polish He only worked there for a few months but it was a miserable experience that would remain with him his whole life Dickens attended school until he was fifteen He always enjoyed reading and especially adventure stories fairy tales and novels Authors like William Shakespeare Tobias Smollet and Henry Fielding greatly influenced his work However most of the knowledge he used as an author came from his environment around him In the late 1820s Dickens became a newspaper writer and reporter Dickens first book Sketches by Boz written in 1836 consisted of articles he wrote for the London Chronicles After he married Catherine Hogarth in 1836 his first work printed in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club This was the beginning of his career When Dickens was twenty-four he became famous for the rest of his life His first fame came with The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club with Dickens adventure stories Other works followed such as Great Expectations A Tale of Two Cities and Our Mutual Friend In 1837 Catherines sister Mary died Dickens suffered much grief This led some scholars to believe that Dickens loved Mary more than Catherine Dickens and Catherine had ten children in all In 1958 the couple separated Through his life Dickens was an actor a
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