“A man is lucky if he is the first love of a woman. A woman is lucky if she is the last love of a man.” ~ Charles Dickens
Those who have attended grade school and middle school in the United States, often known the name Charles Dickens. And they associate this with one of the greatest novels “Oliver Twist”. Dickens has several other novels, and a very interesting life!
Born in February of 1812, Charles Dickens is best known as a social critic and English writer. Dickens has some of the best known fictional characters of the Victorian Era. What is interesting is that many of the characters throughout his stories are modeled after friends and family. For example, the character Agnes Wickfield is modeled after his wife’s sisters who came to stay with him and basically take over managing the home and children.
What most people do not know is that Dicken’s was one of the first authors to start questioning rights of copyright laws and pirating. He did this while in the United States for a visit. However, his complaints got him nowhere at this time, as the government simply stated that Dickens should be happy for his success and unconcerned with the pirating of this work.
Dickens suffered another stroke in June of 1870. He lost conscious and died five days later. Dickens will always be known for some of the most colorful characters that we read about in the Victorian era literature. He will continue to be a literary legend for many years to come!