History Creator / CharlesDickens

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.
28th Dec '15 10:49:52 AM Kitchen90
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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 installments generally mark chapter breaks in the larger novel.

This setup resulted in the books serving as the the soap operas of the day, and the subsequent need to keep reader interest alive accounts for the convoluted nature of much of Dickens' plotting. The more readers, the more subscription fees; a very direct connection to the fanbase, so to speak. If sales dropped over the latest plot twist, Dickens would sometimes be forced to undo months of careful pre-planning.

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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 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 installments instalments generally mark chapter breaks in the larger novel.

This setup set-up resulted in the books serving as the the soap operas of the day, and the subsequent need to keep reader interest alive accounts for the convoluted nature of much of Dickens' plotting. The more readers, the more subscription fees; a very direct connection to the fanbase, so to speak. If sales dropped over the latest plot twist, Dickens would sometimes be forced to undo months of careful pre-planning.
28th Dec '15 10:47:02 AM Kitchen90
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17th Oct '15 8:03:07 PM ProfessorDetective
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11th May '15 4:50:24 AM Patachou
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He ended at #41 in ''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons''.
18th Dec '14 7:27:40 AM Jeduthun
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* LemonyNarrator: Dickens himself was one of the lemoniest(?), which appears in virtually all of his works.
11th Oct '14 9:58:44 PM Eegah
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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.
17th Jul '14 2:20:46 PM vifetoile
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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 the society he lived and wrote in]] -- sentimental and satirical, melodramatic and priggish, exuberantly credulous and narrowly sceptical. 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 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''.



His direct descendant Harry Lloyd is now an actor, whose work includes an adaptation of Dickens' ''Bleak House''.

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His direct descendant Harry Lloyd is now an actor, whose work includes an adaptation of Dickens' ''Bleak House''.
House'', a role in the first half of an adaptation of ''David Copperfield,'' and a turn as Viserys Targaryen on ''[[Series/GameOfThrones Game of Thrones]].''
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