|1842 sketch of Dickens|
before tour of the United States.
An interesting tidbit of Dickens life is that he would go on speaking tours and was immensely popular. Before becoming a writer, Charles Dickens wanted to be an entertainer. His tours would be compared to going to a Rock star concert today. Audiences looked forward to going. His concern for social inequities of the day helped the poor and downtrodden.
Criticism of Dickens work was that it was filled with sentimentality and overdrawn characters in critiques of Virginia Wolfe or Oscar Wilde. Clearly there is a tremendous difference in style between Charles Dickens and these contemporaries. Most writers and the audience of his generation recognized the genius of his writing.
Dickensian refers to the writing of Charles Dickens with humorously drawn unattractive characters or the deep poverty of the lower classes.
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