Classic Authors

Page 6 of 13

Dickens, Charles (1812-170)

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was the son of a clerk in the navy pay office. His happy childhood came to an abrupt halt when his father was imprisoned for debt and he himself, at the age of 12, was sent to work in a blacking warehouse. This period of complete misery would go onto inspire much of his fiction. His novels captured a mood and the imagination of readers of his time, and despite some criticism that his work veered to sentimentality, he was held in high regard by his contemporaries. In the twentieth century, his work began to attract serious academic attention, which continues to this day.

Drabble, Margaret, editor. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Sixth edition, Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 279-280.

Library Resources
AV Resources
Web Resources

Library Resources

On the shelves

Biographies of Charles Dickens

Criticism and interpretation

The life and times of Charles Dickens

Collection highlights

Study notes

On our shelves:

Reference resources



AV Resources



Web Resources


In Pictures

Online Movies


India's love affair with Charles Dickens

From the BBC a fascinating video about India's love affair with the work of Charles Dickens.

2012 - The 200th birthday of Mr. Dickens ... join the celebrations

BBC - History - Charles Dickens.

Online Study Notes