Charles Dickens, self-made Victorian sensation - EXPeditions

Charles Dickens, self-made Victorian sensation

by John Mullan
  • Key point 1
    More than any other great figure of English literature, Dickens was a self-made man who came from nowhere. As a child, he lived on the edge of poverty and had barely two years of schooling.
  • Key point 2
    One of Dickens’s gifts is connecting the stories of the rich and poor, as if he’s showing his readers things they might otherwise have been able to ignore.
  • Key point 3
    Dickens made his readers feel that they cared about their fellow human beings and were alert to the costs of affluence and progress.