Charles Dickens

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He had an unhappy childhood, since his father went to prison for debt and he had to work in a factory at the age of twelve.
He became a journalist at the Parliament and Law Courts.
Dickens’s success continued with the novels, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Little Dorrit. He exposed the exploited lives of children in the slums and factories. Other novels include Bleak House, highlighting the conditions of the poor and the working class. He spent his last years travelling round giving theatrical readings of his own work. He died in 1870 and was buried in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.
The plots of Dickens’s novels:
His novels were influenced by the Bible, fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes, by the 18th-century novelists and essayists, and by Gothic novels.

London was the setting of most of his novels: he knew and described it in realistic details. At first, Dickens created middle class characters, though often satirized.
He was aware of the spiritual and material corruption under the impact of industrialism and he became increasingly critical of society. Dickens succeeded in drawing the terrible descriptions of London misery and crime with amusing sketches of the town.
Characters:
He exaggerated and ridiculed the peculiar social characteristics of the middle, lower and lowest classes. His female characters, were weak, and black and white.