Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Dickens!

Charles Dickens was born February 7, 1812. Two hundred years later, people all over the world are still reading Charles Dickens' novels, watching movies based on his books, and attending Dickens festivals. His name often comes up at Christmas, when some decorators refer to their Christmas decorating style as "a Dickens Christmas." When people wear Victorian clothing to a Dickens festival, they sometimes refer to it as dressing in the style of Dickens. Charles Dickens wrote several Christmas books, including "A Christmas Carol", which is where all the Dickens Christmas inspiration comes from. 

Charles Dickens even had an influence on our language. Because of Charles Dickens, we still sometimes refer to a nasty cheapskate as a "scrooge." 

Some of his best known novels include Great Expectations, David Copperfield, The Adventures of Oliver Twist, and A Tale of Two Cities. If you haven't read them, you may have seen the movie or the play. Charles Dickens can be found everywhere today, nearly 150 years after he died.

From Wikipedia: "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."[41] Dickens' last words, as reported in his obituary in The Times were alleged to have been:

"Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fulfilled all the rules of art.[42]" Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dickens

We need more sympathizers with the poor, the suffering and the oppressed these days. Plus, it couldn't hurt us to be natural, as Charles Dickens suggests. There are still lessons to be learned from Charles Dickens, two hundred years after his birth. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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