Charles Dickens Spark Notes

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Charles Dickens

INTRODUCTION This report will talk about the life of a famous author, Charles Dickens. It
will tell you about his early, middle, and later years of his life. It will also talk
about one of his great works of literature. In conclusion, this report will show a
comparison of his work to his life.EARLY LIFECharles Dickens was born at Landport, in
Portsea, on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay-Office, and was
temporarily on duty in the neighborhood when Charles was born. His name was John Dickens.
He spent time in prison for debts. But, even when he was free he lacked the money to
support his family. Then, when Charles was two they moved to London.1 Just before he
started to toddle, he stepped into the glare of footlights. He never stepped out of it
until he died. He was a good man, as men go in the bewildering world of ours, brave,
transparent, tender-hearted, and honorable. Dickens was always a little too irritable
because he was a little too happy. Like the over-wrought child in society, he was
splendidly sociable, and in and yet sometimes quarrelsome. In all the practical relations
of his life he was what the child is at a party, genuinely delighted, delightful,
affectionate and happy, and in some strange way fundamentally sad and dangerously close to
tears. 2 At the age of 12 Charles worked in a London factory pasting labels on bottles of
shoe polish. He held the job only for a few months, but the misery of the experience
remain with him all his life. 3 Dickens attended school off and on until he was 15, and
then left for good. He enjoyed reading and was especially fond of adventure stories, fairy
tales, and novels. He was influenced by such earlier English writers as William
Shakespeare, Tobias Smollet, and Henry Fielding. However, most of the knowledge he later
used as an author came from his environment around him. 4MIDDLE LIFEDickens became a
newspaper writer and reporter in the late 1820's. He specialized in covering debates in
Parliament, and also wrote feature articles. His work as a reporter sharpened his
naturally keen ear for conversation and helped develop his skill in portraying his
characters speach realistically. It also increased his ability to observe and to write
swiftly and clearly. Dickens' first book, Sketches by Boz (1836) consisted of articles he
wrote for the Monthly Magazine and the London Evening Chronicles.5 On April 2, 1836 he
married Catherine Hogarth. This was just a few days before the anoucement that on the 31st
he would have his first work printed in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. And
this was the beginning of his career. 6 Then, at 24, Dickens became famous and was so
until he died. He won his first literary fame with The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick
Club. Published in monthly parts in 1836 and 1837 the book describes the humorous
adventure and misadventures of the English Countryside. After a slow start, The Pickwick
Papers as the book was usually called gained a popularity seldom matched in the history of
literature. 7 Then in 1837, Catherine's sister Mary, died. Because of her death Dickens'
suffered a lot of grief. This led some scholars to believe that Dickens loved Mary more
than Catherine. Catherine was a good woman but she lacked intelligence. Dickens and
Catherine had 10 children. Then later in 1858, the couple seperated. 8 LATER LIFE,/b>His
later years was basically consisting of two main additions to his previous activites. The
first was a series of public readings and lectures which he began giving it
systematically. And second, he was a successive editor. Dickens had been many things in
his life; he was a reporter , an actor, a conjurer, a poet, a lecturer, and a editor and
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