A Novelist with a Purpose

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Published on January 9, 2010

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LIFE AND wORKS OF cHARLES dICKENS

“A Novelist with a Purpose” Life and Works of Charles Dickens By Xavier Pradheep Singh. M. S.

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Overview Birth Early Years Education Career Works Literary Style Pradheep 3

Birth Charles John Huffam Dickens On 7th February 1812 At Portsea in England Son of John Dickens and Elizabeth Second of eight children Pradheep 4

Early Years His father, a minor clerk in the Navy Pay Office, was a man of the Micawber type. He was unable to manage his financial affairs which led to a severe financial crisis His family moved first to London in 1823, then to Chatham and back to London Pradheep 5

Dickens's home from 1817 to 1821 in Chatham Pradheep 6

A Voracious Reader He read the novels of: Smollette Fielding Le Sage This reading has an influence upon his works Pradheep 7

Financial Crisis John Dickens was arrested and taken to debtor’s prison of the Marshalsea The schooling of Dickens was suspended He was sent to work at a blacking factory A time of utter misery, humiliation and despair. Pradheep 8

Rescue A timely legacy from John’s grand mother, Elizabeth Dickens. She had left him ₤450 in her will. Hence John was released and Charles Dickens was sent back to school. Pradheep 9

Career Became a junior clerk in a solicitor’s office in 1827 Learnt shorthand and became a reporter in 1829 Became a parliamentary reporter on The TrueSun and then on The Morning Chronicle Pradheep 10

Marriage Loved a girl, Maria Beadnell, in 1830. But Maria’s parents disapproved their affair and sent her to Paris. Married Catherine Thomson Hogarth in 1836. They had ten children. The marriage ended in separation in 1858. Pradheep 11

Writing Career Published Sketches by Boz in The Monthly Magazine Sketches by Boz was published as book in two volumes in 1836 It brought him immediate success “Boz” is his pen name. Pradheep 12

Pickwick Papers Chapman & Hall publishers commissioned him to write stories for a series of sketches by Seymour. Dickens wrote The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club from April 1836 to 1837 It established his fame for all time Dickens became a busy and successful novelist Pradheep 13

Oliver Twist in 1838 Pradheep 14 About a boy named Oliver Twist, who escapes from a workhouse and meets a gang of pickpockets in London

About a boy named Oliver Twist, who escapes from a workhouse and meets a gang of pickpockets in London

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