Posted by: Jodi | December 19, 2010

Quickly Quotable #38 – Charles Dickens

“An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself. ”

“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!”

“Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.”

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.”

Charles Dickens

  • Born: 7 February 1812
  • Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
  • Died: 9 June 1870
  • Best Known As: The author of A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and other hit novels of 19th-century England. Dickens grew up in poverty, and it shows in his writing: he is known for his orphans and urchins, rogues, shopkeepers, stuffed shirts, widows, and other colorful characters pulled from the sooty streets of London. An all-around workhorse, Dickens edited a monthly magazine, wrote novels, gave public readings and came out with a Christmas story every year. His novels were often published first in serial form — as chapter-by-chapter monthly installments in magazines of the day. Among his major works are Oliver Twist (completed 1839), The Old Curiosity Shop (1841), David Copperfield (1850), the historical drama A Tale of Two Cities (1859), and Great Expectations (1861). His 1843 tale A Christmas Carol featured the grouchy miser Ebenezer Scrooge and the sickly tot Tiny Tim. It remains a popular holiday classic and perhaps his most famous tale.

Dickens used the pen name Boz early in his career, and his first publication was the short story collection Sketches By Boz (1836)… Oliver Twist was the basis for the stage musical Oliver!; the show won the Tony Award for best musical in 1963, and a 1968 movie version (with Jack Wild as the Artful Dodger) won the Academy Award for best picture… Dickens married the former Catherine Hogarth in 1836. They had 10 children, but their marriage was often tense, and they separated in 1858… He was buried in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey, near Geoffrey Chaucer and other fellow writers.

 

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  1. There’s a lot to chew on with this post, Jodi. What I homed in on, though, was the quote about Christmas. It makes me wonder at the change this holiday has gone through over the years. While I do believe the first “Christmas Card” was created at about the same time Dickens was writing, Christmas had yet become the crass commercial media show it is today.

    • Christmas as certainly evolved through the years. Even in Dickens day there were those longing for what they believed was a relaxing traditional Christmas.

  2. Dickens is all around here in Highgate, he stayed here for a while and Highgate Village influenced David Copperfield. I’m really excited to be attending a Dickens/Victorian London lecture at the end of December, in the Highgate Cemetery chapel of all places.

    • How exciting for you Alannah! Would love to hear more about it.

      • I’m hoping to be able to write a post about it, should be a good lecture 🙂

  3. “Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.”

    What a wonderful quote!

    To watch the progress of a flower, or a shadow’s shifting light, through time lapse photography is always an eye-opening event.

    Thanks for a wonderful post, Jo!

    • I thought you would like this one Nancy; it was especially lovely, I had to include it among my selections.

  4. Who can think about Christmas without thinking of A Christmas Carol–and Ebenezer Scrooge?

    This was really interesting–I think I might start reading some of the classics. Thanks. 🙂

    • With these quotables I find myself adding new books to my reading list all the time. Now I just need to find time to read a few!


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