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Author photo. Photoprint by J. Gurney & Son, 1867 (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ61-694)

Photoprint by J. Gurney & Son, 1867 (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ61-694)

Charles Dickens (1) [1812–1870]

This page covers the author of Great Expectations.

For other authors named Charles Dickens, see the disambiguation page.

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Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from Great Expectations
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Downstage Center, Friday, October 14, 2005 at 0am
Veteran critic John Simon reflects on decades of theatregoing, including 38 years with New York Magazine, as he marks the publication of John Simon on Theatre, a comprehensive anthology of his reviews. (Shortride)

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Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented popularity, and by the twentieth century he was widely seen as a literary genius by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular.

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