Charles Dickens changed the world

Brad Stanton —  December 14, 2012 — 13 Comments

charles-dickensIf I voted for the best writer of English literature, I would vote for Charles Dickens. His writings about orphans enlightened and changed the way people perceived homeless children and brought about great positive change for them. The photo is Dickens as a boy.

Dickens had to quit school and go to work in a factory after his father went to debtors’ prison. He had very little formal education, but he became one of the greatest writers of English literature. He enjoyed more popularity and fame than any writer of his time.

One reason his writing is so good is that he published novels on installments. That means he published a little each week and eventually the writings made up a complete novel (similar to blogging today). He got feedback regularly and changed his writing accordingly.

Many believe his extreme poverty as a child drove him to succeed even though the odds were against him. He had not been trained in writing skills, but apparently learned them as he went. He mailed many transcripts in the dark of night to publishers because of his embarrassment of being constantly rejected. Fortunately for the world, his bulldog determination and faith motivated him to keep trying over and over again even though he failed constantly.

Dickens’ work was read aloud for small sums of money so that illiterate people could enjoy it. The cruel conditions he endured working ten hours a day for little money in a factory as a child no doubt gave him a special appreciation for poor people. Many of his characters and essays were influenced by those difficult years in his life.

Dickens is another example of rags to riches. People who have faith in their abilities and are willing to work very hard seem to end up prospering. But it all starts with belief that the goals and dreams really can be achieved.

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13 responses to Charles Dickens changed the world

  1. 

    I have not read anything of Dickens; I have only heard of him, seen some interpretations of his Christmas Carol and read some comments about him…like I am doing now because of this post. I have never asked any questions about his rise as a writer nor that his upbringing was that poor as you have written. As a saying goes; if you know the half, you know what to ask…and now, because of you, I am starting to know the half so I can ask some question about Dickens. I hope you can answer them or maybe direct me to some good sources where I can read the answers.

    First; what gave him hope and dreams? Where did his urge to write stems from? Where did he get his willpower to write from? How did he learn that dreams can be achieved?

    Thank you for a post that made me ask these questions…

  2. 

    I will use part of text during my class. Inspirations Thanks

  3. 

    Very inspiring. Thank you!

  4. 

    Thank you for sharing this!!!

  5. 

    Reblogged this on Adventures of Mojotillett and commented:
    I love this perspective on how Charles Dickens changed the world.

  6. 

    Thanks for this inspiring story. :-)

  7. 

    Dickens is one of the greatest, and a real favourite in this house. I’d put him a smidgeon behind Victor Hugo in ye olde worlde of Great Authors.

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      he did tried over and over even he fail….i am impressed because most people just quit if they failed once :D

  8. 

    YES, I AM IN FULL AGREEMENT WITH YOU. CHARLES DICKENS’ CONTRIBUTION IN ENGLISH LITERATURE IS UNFORGETTABLE.

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