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collective awareness of the reading public. Dickens contributed significantly to the emergence of public opinion which was gaining an increasing influence on the decisions of the authorities. Indirectly, he contributed to a series of legal reforms, including the abolition of the inhumane imprisonment for debts, purification of the Magistrates’ courts, a better management of criminal prisons, and the restriction of the capital punishment.
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School of Distance Education Social and Cultural History of Britain (III Semester) Page 57 All his novels depict the predicament of the poor and oppressed people. Oliver Twist, a Tale of Two Cities, Nicholas Nickleby, a Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, and The Old Curiosity Shop are some of his notable novels. His David Copperfield is an autobiography . He was always with side of oppressed people. Many of his novels are passionate pleas for sympathy with the unfortunate men and women who inhabited in the suburbs of London. The sufferings of prisoners are scattered all over his novels. The education system of the period also criticised. The life of David at Salem house and the depiction of Mr Creakle who is very harsh and callous to the boys in David Copperfield point out the defects of the educational system prevailed at that time. Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby reflected Dickens' understanding of the lower classes as well as his comic genius. In 1843, Dickens published one of his most famous works, A Christmas Carol . His disenchantment with the world's economic drives is clear in this work; he blames much of society's ills on people's obsession with earning money and acquiring status based on money. His travels abroad in the 1840s, first to America and then through Europe, marked the beginning of a new stage in Dickens' life. His writings became longer and more serious. In David Copperfield (1849-50), readers find the same flawed world that Dickens discovered as a young boy. Dickens published some of his best-known novels including A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations in his own weekly periodicals. A Tale of Two Cities published in 1859. Its popularity was based not only on the fame of its author, but also on its short length and radical subject matter. On June 9, 1870, Charles Dickens died. He was buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. Though he left The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished, he had already written fifteen substantial novels and countless shorter pieces. His legacy is clear. In a whimsical and unique fashion, Dickens pointed out society's flaws in terms of its blinding greed for money and its neglect of the lower classes of society. Through his books, we come to understand the virtues of a loving heart and the pleasures of home in a flawed, cruelly indifferent world. Among English writers, in terms of his fame and of the public's recognition of his characters and stories, he is second only to William Shakespeare.

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