Great expectations is one of my favourite books by Charles Dickens. As some of you may already know, Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth on 7th February 1812, that is, two hundred years ago and we will be commemorating it along this year.
Charles Dickens was the second of eight children and his childhood experiences were similar to those depicted in his books David Copperfield or Great Expectations. His father was a government clerk who was imprisoned for debt, as a result Dickens was sent to work in a blacking warehouse, labelling bottles, for a short time at the age of twelve.
He received little formal education but became a reporter of parliamentary debates for the Morning Chronicle, he was a solicitor's clerk as well as becoming the first editor of the Daily News, although he resigned after only seventeen issues.
Maybe he was one of the most prolific English writers at that time. His novels were issued in monthly parts before being published in volumes, some of his works were published with the pseudonym "Boz".
Have you heard of Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol,A Tale of Two Cities, The Old Curiosity Shop, just to name a few, ...
|A photo from the film Oliver Twist|
He got married, had ten children, travelled in Europe, ... but at the age of 58, in1870,he died of a stroke and he was buried in the Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey, in case you want to pay him a visit whenever you go to London.