Today in World History: February 7th

Charles Dickens, acclaimed British author, was born on this day in 1812. Because his father died when Dickens was young, he was forced to get a job. He was hired at a newspaper where he eventually published some articles. He began to write fiction, and gained immense popularity and wealth. He is the author of classics such as A Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield. He published many of works in an episodic manner, so he could listen to his readers’ feedback and adjust the book to their liking. As his books were so popular, many of the illiterate citizens of England would pay others to read his books to them, making his books able to reach farther into the general population of the country with his writing than ever before. His other famous books, such as Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are performed on stages across the world, with popular stage adaptations and films becoming classics as well. A Christmas Carol, a story about a mean old man named Scrooge has been adapted and parodied in all types of popular media channels, with a parody of Scrooge himself becoming a classic cartoon character as the uncle of Donald Duck. Most recently, the 2009 film of the same name was released. Dickens died on the 9th of June, 1870, at the age of fifty-eight after suffering a stroke the previous day.

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”

-Charles Dickens

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