charles dickens

His Christmas Books: Christmas Books Link

Dickens used his sister Letitia's crippled son as a model for his character of Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol." (from
David Perdue's Charles Dickens' Page.

Charles Dickens' Friendship with Hans Christian Anderson: Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) Danish writer and author of Fairy Tales. Dickens and Andersen admired each others work. Andersen visited Dickens at Gad's Hill in 1857 and overstayed his welcome (he was there for 5 weeks) after which the friendship waned. Dickens' daughter Kate later wrote that Andersen was "a bony bore and stayed on and on." (From David Perdue's Charles Dickens' page.)

Edgar Allan Poe met Dickens in Baltimore in 1842. Dickens' pet raven, Grip, was the inspiration for Poe's poem, "The Raven."

Dickens' novels: All of Dickens major novels were published serially, in monthly (or weekly) installments. A full length novel was out of the price range of most of his readers ( a novel cost 31 shillings in 1836, average worker earned 6 to 20 shillings per week) but a monthly installment, 32 pages with 2 illustrations and advertisements, could be sold for a shilling. (From David Perdue's Charles Dickens page.)

Dickens kept a tight writing schedule, and only missed two writing deadlines: one when his sister-in-law died during the writing of The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist, and the second because of his own death in 1870 while writing The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Dickens believed in spontaneous human combustion (SHC). One of his characters, Krook, dies from SHC in his novel Bleak House. (from

The Charles Dickens Project Links

Charles Dickens Pictures at Great Britons Website

From the book, John Forster, by Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald. It is said that when Mr. Forster was writing up his book, "The Life of Charles Dickens," a biographical recollection of his friend, he references personal letters that Dickens wrote to him. When he found a passage that he wanted to use, he clipped it out of the letter with a pair of scissors and pasted it onto his manuscript, which was a great loss to collectors and archivists everywhere. It was also a loss to Mr. Forster, who could have sold the letters and made a great deal of money for himself.
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