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About the Author: Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.

Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction. Dickens's creative genius has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G. K. Chesterton—for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.

On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day's work on Edwin Drood. He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad's Hill Place. Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral "in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner," he was laid to rest in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads: "To the Memory of Charles Dickens (England's most popular author) who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years. He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England's greatest writers is lost to the world." His last words were: "On the ground", in response to his sister-in-law Georgina's request that he lie down.

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Mass Market Paperback, Published in May 2001 by Le Livre de Poche

ISBN10: 2253160970 | ISBN13: 9782253160977

Lorsqu’en 1850 il publie David Copperfield, Charles Dickens offre à ses lecteurs le premier roman qu’il ait écrit à la première personne, et, derrière l’histoire de son jeune héros, c’est aussi parfois la sienne qu’on peut lire. Mais ce que dessinent surtout les douloureuses premières années, le dur apprentissage de la vie dans une fabrique, puis la fuite et l’errance picaresque du jeune Copperfield, c’est un roman de formation où le personnage se fait son propre biographe. Il arrive alors qu’on ne sache pas si le réel évoqué est celui que l’enfant vécut au présent ou celui que l’adulte revisite au passé. Car, d’épreuve en épreuve, c’est une nouvelle image de soi que le narrateur peu à peu reconstruit, avant de devenir lui-même, à la fin du livre, un écrivain semblable à celui qui, dès le début, a pris la plume pour raconter sa vie – et nous offrir ce qui est encore aujourd’hui le plus grand roman anglais du XIXe siècle.

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