History Creator / CharlesDickens

21st May '17 10:44:10 AM nombretomado
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He defined UsefulNotes/VictorianLondon, but actually started writing before Queen Victoria came to the throne. In fact, several of his works are set in the Georgian period (''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'' 1827-8, ''Literature/LittleDorrit'' around 1826, ''Barnaby Rudge'' 1780)

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He defined UsefulNotes/VictorianLondon, VictorianLondon, but actually started writing before Queen Victoria came to the throne. In fact, several of his works are set in the Georgian period (''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'' 1827-8, ''Literature/LittleDorrit'' around 1826, ''Barnaby Rudge'' 1780)
21st May '17 10:43:54 AM nombretomado
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He defined VictorianLondon, but actually started writing before Queen Victoria came to the throne. In fact, several of his works are set in the Georgian period (''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'' 1827-8, ''Literature/LittleDorrit'' around 1826, ''Barnaby Rudge'' 1780)

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He defined VictorianLondon, UsefulNotes/VictorianLondon, but actually started writing before Queen Victoria came to the throne. In fact, several of his works are set in the Georgian period (''Literature/ThePickwickPapers'' 1827-8, ''Literature/LittleDorrit'' around 1826, ''Barnaby Rudge'' 1780)



Thus it's perhaps not altogether surprising that his writing style can be best described as "barely controlled chaos." It mirrored [[VictorianBritain the society he lived and wrote in]] -- sentimental and satirical, melodramatic and priggish, exuberantly credulous and narrowly sceptical. And as if to match the action, the style of diction is wordy in the extreme -- popular legend holds that he was "paid by the word." These novels are stuffed full of literary flourishes that are not SnarkBait today only because their author was an undisputed genius. As in a modern SoapOpera, there are usually about four or five interwoven plots on the go in any single Dickens novel, not counting many more side-issues and [[AuthorFilibuster random authorial digressions.]] The whole was often leavened substantially with social criticism, most famously in ''Literature/OliverTwist'', ''Literature/NicholasNickleby'', and ''Literature/LittleDorrit''.

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Thus it's perhaps not altogether surprising that his writing style can be best described as "barely controlled chaos." It mirrored [[VictorianBritain [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain the society he lived and wrote in]] -- sentimental and satirical, melodramatic and priggish, exuberantly credulous and narrowly sceptical. And as if to match the action, the style of diction is wordy in the extreme -- popular legend holds that he was "paid by the word." These novels are stuffed full of literary flourishes that are not SnarkBait today only because their author was an undisputed genius. As in a modern SoapOpera, there are usually about four or five interwoven plots on the go in any single Dickens novel, not counting many more side-issues and [[AuthorFilibuster random authorial digressions.]] The whole was often leavened substantially with social criticism, most famously in ''Literature/OliverTwist'', ''Literature/NicholasNickleby'', and ''Literature/LittleDorrit''.
24th Feb '17 4:29:47 AM JustTroper
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* LovesSecrecy: Mr Nadgett from ''Literature/MartinChuzzlewit''; {{Lampshaded}}: "The ruling passion of the man expressed itself even then, in the tone of regret in which he deplored the approaching publicity of what he knew".

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* LovesSecrecy: Mr Nadgett from ''Literature/MartinChuzzlewit''; {{Lampshaded}}: "The {{lampshaded}}:
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22nd Feb '17 11:18:22 PM JustTroper
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* LovesSecrecy: Mr Nadgett from ''Literature/MartinChuzzlewit''; {{Lampshaded}}: "The ruling passion of the man expressed itself even then, in the tone of regret in which he deplored the approaching publicity of what he knew".
14th Dec '16 3:25:08 PM Xtifr
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'''Charles John Huffham Dickens''' (February 7, 1812 -- June 9, 1870) was the foremost English novelist of the 19th century, and is to this day one of the most famous authors in the English language.

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'''Charles Charles John Huffham Dickens''' Dickens (February 7, 1812 -- June 9, 1870) was the foremost English novelist of the 19th century, and is to this day one of the most famous authors in the English language.
24th Oct '16 2:08:42 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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Many of his works were first published as multi-part serials, complete with cliffhangers. A typical 'Dickensian' scenario features hordes of memorable -- often CatchPhrase-spouting -- characters tumbling through even more outrageously contrived plots. They would be delivered to the subscribing public in small bound monthly installments of three or four chapters at a time (rather like the modern comic-book industry) over the course of two or three years. Nowadays, the instalments generally mark chapter breaks in the larger novel.

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Many of his works were first published as multi-part serials, complete with cliffhangers. A typical 'Dickensian' scenario features hordes of memorable -- often CatchPhrase-spouting -- characters tumbling through even more outrageously contrived plots. They would be delivered to the subscribing public in small bound monthly installments of three or four chapters at a time (rather like the modern comic-book industry) over the course of two or three years. Nowadays, the instalments installments generally mark chapter breaks in the larger novel.
24th Oct '16 2:08:08 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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Many of his works were first published as multi-part serials, complete with cliffhangers. A typical 'Dickensian' scenario features hordes of memorable -- often CatchPhrase-spouting -- characters tumbling through even more outrageously contrived plots. They would be delivered to the subscribing public in small bound monthly instalments of three or four chapters at a time (rather like the modern comic-book industry) over the course of two or three years. Nowadays, the instalments generally mark chapter breaks in the larger novel.

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Many of his works were first published as multi-part serials, complete with cliffhangers. A typical 'Dickensian' scenario features hordes of memorable -- often CatchPhrase-spouting -- characters tumbling through even more outrageously contrived plots. They would be delivered to the subscribing public in small bound monthly instalments installments of three or four chapters at a time (rather like the modern comic-book industry) over the course of two or three years. Nowadays, the instalments generally mark chapter breaks in the larger novel.
22nd Aug '16 2:58:12 PM Premonition45
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'''Charles John Huffham Dickens''' (1812 - 1870) was the foremost English novelist of the 19th century, and is to this day one of the most famous authors in the English language.

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'''Charles John Huffham Dickens''' (1812 - (February 7, 1812 -- June 9, 1870) was the foremost English novelist of the 19th century, and is to this day one of the most famous authors in the English language.
17th Jun '16 1:14:27 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheOldCuriosityShop'' - Containing the renowned Death of Little Nell (no, not [[Series/NCISLosAngeles that one]]), by reader acclaim the most tragic deathbed scene in English literature to that point...and these were ''Victorian'' readers, so you know the competition had to be stiff. Although {{Oscar Wilde}} said that you'd need a heart of stone to read it without dissolving in tears of laughter.

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* ''Literature/TheOldCuriosityShop'' - Containing the renowned Death of Little Nell (no, not [[Series/NCISLosAngeles that one]]), by reader acclaim the most tragic deathbed scene in English literature to that point...and these were ''Victorian'' readers, so you know the competition had to be stiff. Although {{Oscar Wilde}} Creator/OscarWilde said that you'd need a heart of stone to read it without dissolving in tears of laughter.
10th Jan '16 6:49:27 PM DoctorCooper
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* {{Padding}}: Getting paid by the word while spending a lot of time in financial difficulties naturally led to a good deal of it.

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* {{Padding}}: {{Padding}}:[[invoked]] Getting paid by the word while spending a lot of time in financial difficulties naturally led to a good deal of it.
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