Claim to be a bookaholic? Have you read these 5 Charles Dickens classics?

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Claim to be a bookaholic? Have you read these 5 Charles Dickens classics?

February 7, marks the 207th birthday anniversary of the English novelist Charles Dickens, one of the most influential and brilliantly talented writers of his era.

He had a very distinct writing style. He wrote in a poetic way and used a lot of satire and humour.

Some lesser known facts about Charles Dickens:

  • He had a difficult childhood and was in and out of school.
  • As a newspaper journalist, he sent sketches to magazines and newspapers under the pseudonym ‘Boz’.
  • Dickens was known for creating words and phrases. Thank Dickens for words and phrases like butter-fingers, flummox, the creeps, dustbin, ugsome, slangular, and more
  • He had a pet raven called Grip.
  • His last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, remains a mystery. Dickens had written half of the novel but it was left unfinished when he died of a stroke in 1870.

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Top dickens books you must have in your library:

1 Oliver Twist:  A gripping portrayal of London’s dark criminal underbelly. The story of Oliver Twist – orphaned, and set upon by evil and adversity from his first breath – shocked readers when it was published.

2 David Copperfield: David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist.

3 A Tale of Two Cities: ‘Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; — the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!’  After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England.

 

4 Great Expectations: In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of ‘great expectations.’

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Charles Dickens died on June 9, 1870 in Gads Hill Place, United Kingdom. He was 58.

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