A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Portsea, on 7th February 1812. He was an English novelist, considered the greatest of the Victorian period. He was interested in poor people, especially the poor children because he had a very bad childhood. In fact at the age of 12 due to debts, his father was imprisoned, and Charles was obliged to work in a factory. This experience was traumatic and contributed to empathize (identify himself) with the poor, the oppressed and as a spokesman for the downtrodden and the have-nots, he definitely brought much awareness to their plight. He also worked as an editor, supported important social causes and travelled widely in Europe and in the United States.

On 8th June 1870, Dickens suffered a stroke at his home, the next day, on 9th June, he died at Gad's Hill Place never having regained consciousness.

He was 58 years old.

C. Dickens was a prolific writer and among his numerous and famous works are David Copperfield, The Adventures of Oliver Twist , Hard Times and A Christmas Carol.

Some of Dickens' novels are defined as social or humanitarian. He wrote fiction to denounce the vices and evils of his age. Some have called him a social reformer, though he did not make any fundamental change in the systems of Victorian society; nor did he suggest any specific means of reform.

Yet he exerted a considerable influence on the reform movement of the age by shedding light on the brutality of some schools, on the vices of the criminal world, on the dirt and squalor of London slums and on the conditions of their inhabitants in a period of industrial expansion.

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