Charles Dickens was an English writer, widely regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian age. His novels and short stories remain popular to this day. Throughout his life, Queen Victoria was on the throne.
Charles Dickens wrote twenty novels, although the last one (“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”) was not completed before he died. Some of his most famous works are “A Christmas Carol”, “Oliver Twist”, “David Copperfield” and “Great Expectations”.
Brief plot outlines:
A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable old miser who is visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve and ultimately discovers the error of his ways.
Oliver Twist follows the journey of a young orphan who begins life in a London workhouse but, after a series of adventures, finds a happy ending with family and riches.
David Copperfield describes the journey of David Copperfield, from a poor and miserable childhood to becoming a successful and famous author. Dickens based the story on his own experiences.
Great Expectations tells the story of an orphan called Pip. The novel’s themes include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and finally the triumph of good over evil.
Famous quotes from Charles Dickens’s stories include:
A Christmas Carol: “Christmas? Humbug!”
Oliver Twist: “Please Sir, I want some more!”
David Copperfield: “My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today.”
Great Expectations: “Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.”
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