Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Writer and social critic, Charles Dickens (1812–1870) is a towering figure in the world of literature. To quote G.K. Chesterton: "Dickens never talked down to the people. He talked up to the people. He approached the people like a deity and poured out his riches and his blood. This is what makes the immortal bond between him and the masses of men." His works include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and A Christmas Carol.

  1. Pope John Paul I described Dickens’ books as “filled with love for the poor and a sense of social regeneration . . . warm with imagination and humanity”. Such true charity permeates Dickens’ novels and ultimately drives the characters either to choose regeneration or risk disintegration. In Great Expectations, Pip—symbolic… Read more »

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  2. In this exciting novel set during the French Revolution, Charles Dickens expresses sympathy for the downtrodden poor and their outrage at the self-indulgent aristocracy. But Dickens is no friend of the vengeful mob that storms the Bastille and cheers the guillotine. As with all of his stories, his passion is… Read more »

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