Charles John Huffam Dickens ' Great Expectations

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Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England to Elizabeth and John Dickens. He came from a large middle class family that suffered from debt and received schooling from Wellington House Academy. After completing his education he pursued a career as a freelance reporter for Parliament and a clerk at a law firm. His career as a reporter provided a gateway to his embarkment as a full time novelist who produced complex works at an incredible rate. His career took off after he wrote Sketches by Boz in 1836 quickly followed by The Pickwick Papers. He wrote Great Expectations in 1861 towards the end of both his life and career, in which he had experienced a bout of cynicism because of the occurrences in London, England at the time and personal problems with faithfulness and trust. On June 9, 1870, Dickens had a stroke and, at age 58, died at Gad 's Hill Place, his country home in Kent. Dickens would later be known as one of the greatest and most influential writers of the Victorian Period. In the coming of age story Great Expectations, the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens defies preconceived ideas about the importance of social status and gender roles in society through a realistic depiction of Victorian life in England utilizing his struggles and experiences with poverty. “Charles Dickens,Early Victorian Novelists: Essays in Revaluation” by David Cecil comments on how Dickens poetry is not great and that his use of humor is one of his

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