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
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