School of Distance Education
Social and Cultural History of Britain (III Semester)
All his novels depict the predicament of the poor and oppressed people.
Twist, a Tale of Two Cities, Nicholas Nickleby, a Christmas Carol, Great Expectations,
The Old Curiosity Shop
are some of his notable novels. His
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
depiction of Mr Creakle who is very harsh and callous to the boys in
point out the defects of the educational system prevailed at that time.
reflected Dickens' understanding of the lower classes as well as his
comic genius. In 1843, Dickens published one of his most famous works,
. 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
Tale of Two Cities
in his own weekly periodicals.
A Tale of Two
published in 1859. Its popularity was based not only on the fame of its author, but
also on its short length and radical
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