The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
Author: Charles Dickens | Published: 1845
The Cricket on the Hearth
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About Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was a celebrated English author best known for his novels Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield. His works are renowned for their social commentary on the poverty, class division and injustice of 19th century England. Born in Portsmouth, England to a lower middle-class family, Dickens endured periods of financial hardship during his childhood which he would later draw upon for inspiration in his writing. He worked as a journalist before beginning to write novels and achieved immediate success with the publication of The Pickwick Papers in 1836.
Dickens’ distinct style of characterisation is particularly evident in some of his most famous works such as Bleak House and Great Expectations. His characters often experience extreme suffering within their impoverished environments whilst still retaining an optimism that resonates with readers today. Find out more about Charles Dickens.