Charles Dickens Bicentenary

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812, Portsmouth– 9 June 1870, London), whose pen name for a while was “Boz”, is undoubtedly the greatest English novelist of the Victorian Period. Dickens could already enjoy popularity and fame during his lifetime, probably because of his contributions English Literary scenery. The iconic feature of his novels and characters increased his popularity far beyond the borders of the UK and the rest of English Speaking countries.Dickensian legacy can be described as an accurate sketch of Victorian times when London was a cold, dangerous and inhospitable city where poverty was the rule and children the main victims of the Industrial Revolution. Dickens’ novels show a special rhythm, as they were originally delivered in instalments, which caused a strong feeling of expectation in his readers. His early activity as a reporter helped him to achieve a level of accuracy that was almost vivid and definitely necessary to convey a truthful picture of the times he lived.

Dickensian characters are profiled as “squalid and poverty-stricken working conditions” in some cases, and “grotesquely comic” in some others. Novels like Oliver Twist and David Copperfield are the main examples of Dickens standardisation of Teen Books, where he denounces the disgrace of child labour. Christmas sceneries are also Dickensian tagged.

Dickens’s work, which was highly appreciated for its realism, comedy, mastery of prose, unique personalities and concern for social reform by some writers, was also criticised for its melodrama, sentimentality and implausibility by others. However, it keeps being a must in English Literature all over the world. The Press of Yorkshire reported that “Dickens’ enthusiasts have gathered at a York pub to celebrate the author’s bicentenary. In London, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall led worldwide celebrations of the anniversary, with the Prince Charles laying a wreath at the author’s grave at Poets’ Corner as part of a service at Westminster Abbey. A service also took place in Portsmouth where Dickens was born, with readings by actor and biographer Simon Callow and actress Sheila Hancock”. Yes, Charles Dickens keeps being popular all over the world.