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Charles Dickens

In addition to his associations with holiday tradition, Dickens is known today for his colorful characters, sharp wit, and focus on the ills of the Industrial Revolution and the plight of the poor, especially children. A talented and prolific author, active social reformer, and all-around respected public icon, Dickens also enjoyed phenomenal success in his own lifetime, earning him fame, fortune, and fans around the globe.

But “The Inimitable,” as he was nicknamed, was also a very adept self-marketer who carefully managed his public image as the ideal Victorian gentleman, and his contemporaries were largely unaware of how his personal experiences shaped his worldview, his writing, and drove him so passionately to improve both his own lot and that of the nation’s poor.

Did you know that the spectacularly successful Charles Dickens...


To learn more about this complex literary icon’s life and his continued influence on society and culture, check out these and other resources from The Library’s collection.



Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomlin (biography)




 Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens by Robert Gottlieb (biography)




 Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor by Ruth Richardson (book)




A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Arthur Rackham (book)




"Charles (John Huffman) Dickens"* (biographical article)


 "The Original Scrooge"* by Michael Timko (article)


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