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A little about Charles Dickens... * Born in 1812 in Portsmouth to John and Elizabeth Dickens * On the 2nd of February, 1824 his father was arrested for debt and sent to the Marshalsea prison, where his family joined him. Charles, however, was separated from his family to Camden town and sent out to work at Warren's Blacking Factory at Hungerford Market. Eventually his family found him lodging in Lant Street close to them. * After his father's release on May 28, the family returns to Camden Town. Charles Dickens attends a day school in Hampstead Road, London. * In 1827, Charles is taken from school to become an office boy of an attorney. It is now when Charles decides to become a journalist. * 1833 - His first published story "Dinner at Poplar Walk" appears in Monthly Magazine * 1834 - Dickens works as a newspaper reporter under the pseudonym "Boz". * 1836 - His first series of "Sketches by Boz" are published for which he receives �150. On the 30th March his first number of "Pickwick Papers" appear. Dickens also becomes the editor of "Bentley's Miscellany" He also marries Mary Catherine Hogarth. * 1837 - The first of his 10 children, Charles Culliford Boz Dickens, is born * 1838 - His daughter Mary is born * 1839 - He resigns as editor of "Bentley's Miscellany". ...read more.


"this is not the republic I came to see; this is not the republic of my imagination" Dickens even wrote a book called "American Notes" attacking the slavery he saw first hand and later a novel called "Martin Chuzzlewit" in which he comments further about America in a disparaging way. The Second Time around... Despite his earlier comments about America, Dickens decided to return in 1867 to do a series of readings of his work. However, it was during this trip that Dickens fell terribly ill and suffered greatly. His health was seriously declining and he had to return on doctors orders. Dickens's Writing Dickens is often referred to a "social critic" meaning that many of his sketches, plays and novels make comments or points about society in general. One of the most obvious one of these is "American Tales" which is his criticism and his grave disappoint whilst visiting America. He disliked the greed and brutality of American life. Another book which contains some social criticism is... A Tale of Two Cities A Tale of Two Cities is a novel that was written by Charles Dickens and published in 1859. It is set in the times of the French Revolution which lasted from 1789 to 1799 and the "two cities" are London and Paris. ...read more.


power of the nobles, made everyone to pay taxes and taken away the land that the church owned which was 1/3 of France. It also declared that all French citizens were equal. The revolution all became out of hand when they started to attack anyone who opposed them. With Maximillien Robespierre as there new leader they killed anyone against the, this time was known as the "Terror". The Revolution almost until 1815 when the monarchy was restored and King Louis XVI's younger brother became King Louis XVIII. Dickens and the French Revolution Charles Dickens often said that his inspiration for writing a Tale of Two Cities was because of the "wonderful" book by his close friend Thomas Carlyle about the French Revolution. He saw the French Revolution as an extremely important time in history and thinks it is also very important to learn from it. Dickens saw that history wasn't just a timeline of events but often a cycle, from which we can learn about future events. Dickens also claims that it was not just the French Revolution which inspired him to write but also a play on he collaborated on with Wilkie Collins called "The Frozen Deep". A Tale of Two Cities for him was not just about the revolution, but also about the battle and fight for freedom out of pure passion. ...read more.

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