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