Charles Dickens
(1812-1870) English novelist/social campaigner, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Many of his writings were originally published in monthly instalments, a format of publication which Dickens himself helped popularize at that time. Dickens' work has been highly praised for its realism, comedy, mastery of prose, unique personalities and concern for social reform. He always portrayed the social class inequalities in his novels. He created some of literature's most memorable characters. His novels and short stories have never gone out of print. A concern with what he saw as the pressing need for social reform is a theme that runs throughout his work.
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