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Charles Dickens changed the world

12 Days of Christmas Blessings is now at day 10. Today I’m sharing a post from a fellow-blogger, Brad Stanton, who wrote this article about Charles Dickens. Many thousands of people connect Dickens with “A Christmas Carol,” which has become world-famous as the quintessential Christmas story and has been portrayed in a hundred different ways all over the world. But Brad shares another aspect of Charles Dickens’ life in this article and another way in which the author affected the whole world with many other novels that he wrote. I hope you enjoy the post.

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charles-dickensIf I voted for the best writer of English literature, I would vote for Charles Dickens. His writings about orphans enlightened and changed the way people perceived homeless children and brought about great positive change for them. The photo is Dickens as a boy.

Dickens had to quit school and go to work in a factory after his father went to debtors’ prison. He had very little formal education, but he became one of the greatest writers of English literature. He enjoyed more popularity and fame than any writer of his time.

One reason his writing is so good is that he published novels on installments. That means he published a little each week and eventually the writings made up a complete novel (similar to blogging today). He got feedback regularly and changed his writing accordingly.

Many believe his extreme poverty as a child drove him to succeed even though…

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6 thoughts on “Charles Dickens changed the world”

  1. I’ve always thought that at my school we were introduced to Dickens at too early an age – about 8 if I remember clearly. Another couple of years and we would have all understood much more.

    1. I think that’s true. And even more so today, when so few students have excellent reading and language skills. They need particularly good language skills to read his work and get everything out of it.

      And, in fact, just to be honest, I use an excerpt from one of his works in my writing classes to give my students practice in taking a piece that is heavy and wordy and cutting it down to a tighter, faster paced set of words and phrases that say the same thing, but would keep a reader in our fast-paced society interested. He got away with writing as he did because no one else wrote differently and people had time to read slowly and absorb what they read more. Now, it’s hard to find a reader who will take that time and energy. I’m not even sure I would do so if I were just being introduced to his writing.

      1. Thank you, I had a very old fashioned teacher with a love of classic literature do I consider myself lucky. I always thought I’d go back and read some of those books from school days but tv adaptations have spoilt that idea even if they were good bbc productions.never say never though 😀

  2. I also love Dickens, and my fave story is Great Expectations,, probably like everyone else..It was one of my school study books, along with Lord of the Flies, and also a fave of mine, Day of the Triffids.

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