A Tale Of One Man Essay

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Charles Dickens created novels that would soon be called masterpieces, true triumphs of literature. He concocted characters that will live on in our hearts and the hearts of the generations to come. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Edwin Drood, David Copperfield, characters we all know, characters we all love. He wrote many treasured stories. This is his.

Though his books spoke volumes of love and justice, Dickens’ life was not always perfect. He was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England (“Charles Dickens” 1). He was the second-born of ten children, of which two died in infancy (Ayer 13). When Dickens was twelve, his father, John Dickens, was sent to jail because of all his debts. Because his father was no longer there to support his family, Dickens had to drop out of school and begin work at a boot-blacking factory. Having said goodbye to his childhood at such a young age, he felt betrayed by adults he trusted. This would become a theme that reappears in many of his works (“Charles Dickens” 1). According to bio.com, upon his father’s return, Dickens was able to go back to school. Although his father returned to work, Dickens dropped out of school again at the age of fifteen to work in an office (1). It was in this office that Dickens began his career in writing. While successfully reporting for multiple London newspapers in 1833, he continually submitted sketches into numerous magazines under the name Boz. In 1836, his sketches were compiled into Sketches by Boz, Dickens’ first published work (“Charles Dickens” 1). Through the success of this book, Dickens met Catherine Hogarth. They married and had ten children (“Charles Dickens” 1). Because of the recent success of Sketches by Boz, he was asked to write more sketches to caption illustrations done by Robert Seymour (“Charles Dickens” 2). These were eventually compiled into The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. (“Charles Dickens” 2). Following this, he became publisher of Bentley’s Miscellany, where he published chapters of his next novel, Oliver Twist, the story following an orphan boy “forced to get by on his wits and earn his own keep,” much like Dickens himself had to do in his childhood (“Charles Dickens” 2). Between 1838 and 1841, he published The Old Curiosity Shop, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and Barnaby Rudge. As his success had spread into countries, in 1842 he agreed to take a tour of America, doing public speeches and readings from his books (“Charles Dickens” 2). Upon his return to England, he wrote American Notes of General Circulation, which critiqued American culture (“Charles Dickens” 2). In 1843, he wrote Martin Chuzzlewit and, what is perhaps his most famous work, A Christmas Carol (“Charles Dickens” 2). Aside from writing, Dickens also starred in plays, as he had a talent for acting. Some he appeared in included some of his own works on stage (Ayer 46). In 1847, Dickens’ sister, Fanny, was given a mere few years to live. His grief over this...

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