Charles Dickens


Born
in Portsmouth, England
February 07, 1812

Died
June 09, 1870

Genre

Influences


Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorousl
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“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.”
Charles Dickens

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, 489 pages, 1859, Last Read November 2014
 
  48 votes, 12.3%

1984 by George Orwell, 328 pages, 1949, Last Read November 2015
 
  35 votes, 9.0%

Persuasion by Jane Austen, 256 pages, 1817, Last Read August 2015
 
  31 votes, 8.0%

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 449 pages, 1938, Last Read May 2015
 
  28 votes, 7.2%

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, 258 pages, 1989, Last Read January 2017
 
  28 votes, 7.2%

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 671 pages, 1866, Last Read June 2014
 
  26 votes, 6.7%

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, 867 pages, 1847, Last Read October 2011
 
  26 votes, 6.7%

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, 542 pages, 1848, Last Read April 2015
 
  26 votes, 6.7%

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, 254 pages, 1890, Last Read November 2016
 
  23 votes, 5.9%

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, 505 pages, 1853, Last Read August 2014
 
  20 votes, 5.1%

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 343 pages, 1966, Last Read November 2016
 
  18 votes, 4.6%

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, 296 pages, 1929, Last Read September 2015
 
  18 votes, 4.6%

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 154 pages, 1900, Last Read February 2012
 
  17 votes, 4.4%

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, 146 pages, 1962, Last Read September 2016
 
  13 votes, 3.3%

The Iliad by Homer, 683 pages, -750, Last Read July 2012
 
  12 votes, 3.1%

King Lear by William Shakespeare, 316 pages, 1603, Last Read October 2012
 
  11 votes, 2.8%

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, 251 pages, 1853, Lasr Read January 2015
 
  9 votes, 2.3%

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