Why should you read Charles Dickens? - Iseult Gillespie
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As a writer, Dickens was prolific, with his works totaling about 9,000 pages. Read one critic’s travels through Dickens’ complete works here. At the original time of publication, these hefty works were serialized. Learn more about serialization here. Then, watch this documentary to learn about the historical context for Dickens’ novels, specifically England during the Industrial Revolution.
The Industrial Revolution brought an explosion of new ideas and technology—but it also created a new era of urban poverty where workers (many of whom were children) were without rights. Dickens not only criticized this in his novels, but attacked state-sanctioned labor in his nonfiction writings. This article examines how successful his efforts were.
Over a century after his death, Dickens remains a beloved figure for his sense of wit and wonder. You can listen to a detailed documentary about his many achievements and personal life here.
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