[2015] Meenal Janjua (5W): CHARLES DICKENS

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[2015] Meenal Janjua (5W): CHARLES DICKENS

NOVELS & PIECES Charles wrote alot of books which are called classics these days. these boooks are:•The Pickwick Papers – 1836•Oliver Twist – 1837•Nicholas Nickleby – 1838•The Old Curiosity Shop – 1840•Barnaby Rudge – 1841•A Christmas carol - 143•Martin Chuzzlewit – 1843•Dombey and Son – 1846•David Copperfield – 1849•Bleak House – 1852•Hard Times – 1854•Little Dorrit – 1855•A Tale of Two Cities – 1859•Great Expectations – 1860•Our Mutual Friend – 1864•And the mystery of Edwin Drood which was left unfinished because of his death•He also wrote a few short stories:-American Notes-The Battle of Life-The Chimes: A Goblin Story A -Christmas Tree-A Dinner at Poplar Walk-Doctor Marigold’s Prescriptions-A Flight-Frozen Deep-George Silverman’s - Explanation-Going into Society-The Haunted Man-Holiday Romance-The Holly-Tree-Hunted Down-The Long Voyage-Master Humphrey’s Clock-A Message from the Sea-Mrs. Lirriper’s Legacy-Public Life of Mr. Tremble-Once Mayor of Mudfog, Sketches by Boz-The Story of the Goblins-Who Stole a Sexton-Sunday under Three Heads-Tom Tiddler’s Ground-Travelling Abroad – City of London Churches-The Uncommercial Traveller-Wreck of the Golden Mary

CHARLES JOHN HOFFMAN DICKENS7th feburary 1812 - June 9, 1870, aged 58 FACT FILE BY MEENAL JANJUA


LifeCharles was born 7th February 1812 at Mile End Terrace, Portsmouth, Hampshire. He was the second child of 8 children. Charles spent most of his boyhood years in Kent. He went on to do his education till 1823. As his parents were having financial issues Charles was forced to work in Warrens blacking factory which was owned by his mother’s relative. In the blacking factory Charles made polish for boots. In June 1824 Charles went back to school to continue his education but soon after at 15 left school. So he taught himself how to read and write. At 16 he got the job as a court reporter, soon after he joined the staff of a Mirror of Parliament (a newspaper that reported on the decisions of Parliament). Charles also tried acting and stage but instead started writing plays. Charles continued being a journalist till he died. he died on the 9th June 1870 aged 58 because of a stroke.

FAMILY•Father: John Dickens (1785-1851) •Mother: Elizabeth Barrow Dickens (1789-1863)•Sister: Frances Dickens (1810-1848)•Brother: Alfred Dickens (1814) •Sister: Laetitia Mary Dickens (1816-1874)•Sister: Harriet Dickens (1819) •Brother: Frederick William Dickens (1820-1868) •Brother: Alfred Lamert Dickens (1822-1860) •Brother: Augustus Newnham "Moses" Dickens (1827-1868) •Wife: Catherine Thompson Hogarth (1815-1879)•Son: Charles Culliford Boz Dickens (1837-1896)•Daughter: Mary Dickens (1838-1896)•Daughter: Kate Macready Dickens (1839-1929)•Son: Walter Landor Dickens (1841-1863)•Son: Francis Jeffrey Dickens (1844-1886)•Son: Alfred Tennyson Dickens (1845-1912)•Son: Sydney Smith Haldimand Dickens (1847-1872)•Son: Henry Fielding Dickens (1849-1933)•Daughter: Dora Annie Dickens (1850-1851)•Son: Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens (1852-1902)FACTS ABOUT FAMILYCharles father, John Dickens, worked as a in the pay office of the Royal Dockyard. The whole Dickens family except for Charles and his older sister went to Marshalsea Prison on 23 February 1813 for not repaying a debt. Catherine Thompson Hogarth was the daughter of Charles’s co-worker at his newspaper, with Catherine he had 10 children before they separated in 1858.


InterestingsFacts•Charles’s favourite books were Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, and The Arabian Nights•It is known that he used to act out his characters in front of a mirror and describe himself as the character •Dickens was interested in the paranormal•Charles Dickens has appeared on the British £10 note.•Dickens’s house had a secret door in the form of a fake bookcase.•He had a pet raven called Grip.•In 2009, an ivory toothpick once used by Charles Dickens was sold at auction for just over $9,000.





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