What The Dickens…?



Frederick Barnard was commissioned by Chapman & Hall to illustrate the works of Charles Dickens.

Frederick Barnard was commissioned by Chapman & Hall to illustrate the works of Charles Dickens.

Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest. – Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is best known for his popular written works like A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations. If you’ve ever read his work, you’re probably familiar with his creative knack for developing some of the most memorable fictional characters of our time. After reading more about him, it seems that Charles Dickens began utilizing his talents at a young age which only aided his success as an adult.

Charles Dickens was an English writer and a social critic. He was attracted to theater arts and quickly became involved in acting and playwriting. Shortly thereafter he took up political journalism and covered various stories across Britain to cover election campaigns. Throughout his literary career, he continuously contributed to and edited his journals.  He possessed a passion for writing and had a special skill for dialogue, which transferred from the written page to production with ease.

He also acted as a humanitarian and used his unique skill set and rising fame to raise money on behalf of the Great Ormond Street Hospital during a time of great financial hardship. He loved his line of work, and threw himself into book tours and various appearances across the country. Today would have been the 201st birthday.  If you’re a fan of his work, feel free to leave a comment on today’s blog with your favorite book, quote, or fun fact about this fascinating man that many of us have grew up with (literarily speaking, of course).

At BookRix, we also have a great author from Great Britain who currently resides in Los Angeles. Valerie Byron, or GoodUKLady as our members know her, has been an active member on our site for over three years. She is an active member of our online community and is often the first to help new members joining BookRix. Valerie has a compilation of thirteen short stories in her book called The Man Who Lost His Genius & Other Stories. They are diverse in genre, ranging from a psychological thriller to a fantasy about a simple sponge. Check it out and let her (and us at BookRix!) know what you think!

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One Response to What The Dickens…?

  • Laszlo says:

    Truly a great lady…talented and helpful.
    Two and a half years ago Valerie was the first to give me a hand at Bookrix.

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