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THE LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS

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In 1833, Dickens wrote short stories and essays. He also did comic narratives. Once he became internationally popular, he resigned from his position as a newspaper reported and shortly after resigning, he became editor of a monthly magazine named "Bentley's Miscellany". Later on in his carrer, he serialized "Oliver Twist". He only completed only half of Oliver Twist before starting on "Nicholas Nickleby" in 1838. He was so busy with all of his projects, that he was very close to missing his monthly deadlines. He published Christmas stories for the holidays.  
      In 1850, Dickens established a weekly journal entitled Household Words to which he gave and serialized work's of Child's History of England(1851-1853), Hard Times(1854), A Tale of Two Cities(1859), and Great Expectations(1860-1861). At the same time of working on these porjects, he was also working on his novels including David Copperfield(1849-1850), Bleak House(1852-1853), Little Dorrit(1855-1887), and Our Mutual Friend(1864-1865). As his carrer exceeded, Dickens became more dissatisfied.His works had always reflected the pains of the common man.Novels such as Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend expressed his anger on life and society.
      Even though he was a very successful novelist, he never stoped being interested in social reform. In 1842, while still in America, he upset his host by condeming slavery. He decided to also invest in some of his royalties in a new radical newspaper, "The Daily News".On the 21st of Janurary, he became editor, and from that point on he was identified as a publisher.
 
 
1975-1981 by David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace
Reproduced with permission from "The People's Almanac" seris of books.
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MONIQUE KELLY, BRITISH LITERATURE, FAYETTE COUNTY EVENING HIGH SCHOOL