Charles Dickens: Compassion and Contradiction
Charles Dickens was one of the greatest novelists in English Literature.
But who was the man behind the novels?
And how did his turbulent personal life contribute to his literary genius?
By the age of 12 Dickens was separated from his family when his father was sent to debtors’ prison. He was sent to work in a boot blacking factory, and had to live and walk the London streets alone.
He never recovered from the emotional wounds of those years, and when he began to write stories of the poor in London he included especially poignant characterizations of children.