Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812. He published 15 novels and numerous short stories, non-fiction, poetry and plays. Charles Dickens is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian Period.

I found this beauty in a used book store.

Dickens was a critic of poverty and social stratification in Victorian society. His novels were often works of social commentary.

Writing at his desk.

Dickens preferred blue ink as it dried faster than other colors, eliminating the need for blotting.

In his Gad's Hill Place home, Dickens had a door built to look like a bookcase. Behind the door was a secret room.

If you're a fan of Dickens, you may enjoy the Charles Dickens Museum Gift Shop where you can purchase dip pens, bottled ink, quills, blotting paper, and other Dickensian objects like this Oliver Twist bowl .

Did You Know?

  • Charles Dickens loved magic and would perform for friends.
  • He was an epileptic.
  • His first business card listed his occupation as a shorthand writer.
  • Dickens enjoyed cold showers.
  • The Arabian Nights was the book that inspired him most.
  • Dickens was obsessive-compulsive and frequently re-arranged the furniture in his home.
  • He was friends with Hans Christian Andersen.
  • Charles Dickens would walk 20-30 miles a day. (The fact that he and his wife had 10 children may or may not be the reason.)
  • He preferred to write in the wee hours of the night.
  • Dickens sometimes combed his hair a hundred times a day!
  • He preferred sitting and observing the poor and lower middle class than to dine with the upper class.
  • Dickens was an insatiable cigarette smoker.
  • Dickens died on June 9, 1870 and is buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

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