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The Christmas Writer – Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was a great writer and a social critic. He’s known as the greatest novelist in the Victorian era. He was famous for his fiction work. However, every kid on the planet remembers him because of his Christmas fictional character, “Mr Ebenezer Scrooge” from A Christmas Carol.

Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in a middle-class family where his father worked as a clerk in the navy pay office. In his early years, Charles had to leave school to work in order to support his family because his father was sent to debtor’s prison. Even with the lack of formal school education, Charles always enjoyed reading. He even edited a weekly journal for almost 20 years while writing novels, novellas and short stories.

Charles was always a supporter of children’s rights and education along with societal reforms. The view of society from his eyes is a lot different from what we actually see. Charles once said, “I had no advice, no counsel, no encouragement, no consolation, no assistance, no support, of any kind, from anyone, that I can call to mind, as I hope to go to heaven!”

A lot of his views regarding working-class people situations and his dissatisfaction towards women was formed from his own personal experiences. His life situations from lifestyle to problems gave him insight about the struggles of regular people which he always tried to show in his writings.

A lot of people say that Charles was not only a legendry writer but, a great mimic too. He knew, how to captivate the attention of the audience through his words, written or spoken. Charles was always regular to the theatres, sometimes to observe and sometimes to even act. Although he might not be clear about what he wanted to become, he always knew that he wanted fame.

After starting his career in journalism, he published a lot of his work under the pseudonym Boz, where Boz being his family nickname. From there, he started growing socially and professionally. He started making friends in literally world starting from William Harrison Ainsworth- the author of the novel Rookwood. He has a lot of other great works under his belt, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, etc.

In his last years, Charles experienced a rail crash where he tried to help as many people as he could and later shared his experience in a most beautiful way. The experience gave him an unexpected fear of rails and other transport systems. He even once wrote, “I have sudden vague rushes of terror, even when riding in a hansom cab, which is perfectly unreasonable but quite insurmountable.” 5 years after the crash in the year 1870 Charles passed away because of a stroke during a normal working routine.

Charles never wrote a complete autobiography, but one can find bits and pieces of his life experiences in all his works. Being a literary writer, Charles was greatly influenced by the works of Shakespeare and always sang praises for him. In the end, even his biographer Claire Tomalin regarded him as, “the greatest creator of character in English fiction after Shakespeare.”

Charles gave a new light to fictional character creation in his works, from Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol to Oliver Twist and The Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist. The name scrooge even became a synonym to the word “miser person”. His works are still adopted by other writers for novels and TV programs to show something beautiful and different.

Charles gave a new meaning to the celebration of Christmas just by one novella and he has written a lot.

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