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THE LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS

ONE MAJOR EVENT

Charles Dickens' first public reading was in the Philharmonic Hall in 1858

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One major event in Charles Dickens life is when celebrity readers recognized Charles Dickens at a christmas event.The Penny Readings,’ organized by the University of Liverpool’s Reader magazine in support of ‘Liverpool Reads’, will be held in recognition of the popular readings of Charles Dickens in 1858, which took place at the Philharmonic Hall and later at St George’s Hall, attracting crowds of more than 2,000 people.  He read extracts from A Christmas Carol, Little Dombey and The Poor Traveller, insisting that people were charged just a penny entrance fee to enable all social classes to attend.

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A drawing of Charles Dickens at one of his public readings in 1858

MONIQUE KELLY, BRITISH LITERATURE, FAYETTE COUNTY EVENING HIGH SCHOOL