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Charles Dickens * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. From working in a shoe-blacking factory as a 12-year-old to help his family while his father was in debtor’s prison, Charles Dickens rose to become one of the best-known novelists of all time. Lines like Oliver Twi Charles Dickens * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. From working in a shoe-blacking factory as a 12-year-old to help his family while his father was in debtor’s prison, Charles Dickens rose to become one of the best-known novelists of all time. Lines like Oliver Twist’s “Please sir, may I have some more?” or the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” are part of the popular vocabulary, and many of Dickens’ works have been translated into movies or TV series. Yet the story of his rise from relative obscurity to immense fame and popularity is not a simple one. Always energetic and unceasingly active, writing until the day before his death, Dickens proves to be a character as interesting as many of those he created. Inside you will read about... ✓ Providing for His Family as a Child ✓ Beginnings as an Author ✓ Increasing Fame ✓ The Republic of My Imagination ✓ Rumors and Infidelity ✓ Return to America and Last Years And much more! In this book, you’ll meet the author who not only wrote famous novels like Great Expectations and David Copperfield, but whose work also helped to develop and popularize the genre of the novel.


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Charles Dickens * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. From working in a shoe-blacking factory as a 12-year-old to help his family while his father was in debtor’s prison, Charles Dickens rose to become one of the best-known novelists of all time. Lines like Oliver Twi Charles Dickens * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. From working in a shoe-blacking factory as a 12-year-old to help his family while his father was in debtor’s prison, Charles Dickens rose to become one of the best-known novelists of all time. Lines like Oliver Twist’s “Please sir, may I have some more?” or the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” are part of the popular vocabulary, and many of Dickens’ works have been translated into movies or TV series. Yet the story of his rise from relative obscurity to immense fame and popularity is not a simple one. Always energetic and unceasingly active, writing until the day before his death, Dickens proves to be a character as interesting as many of those he created. Inside you will read about... ✓ Providing for His Family as a Child ✓ Beginnings as an Author ✓ Increasing Fame ✓ The Republic of My Imagination ✓ Rumors and Infidelity ✓ Return to America and Last Years And much more! In this book, you’ll meet the author who not only wrote famous novels like Great Expectations and David Copperfield, but whose work also helped to develop and popularize the genre of the novel.

30 review for Charles Dickens: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)

    Good! Reasons for 4 stars: -It is a short book. However, it was interesting. -I do know not much about Charles Dickens personally. -It did leave me curious to know more. -It about his life and things that inspired his writing. Some parts are sad. Life is not always sunshine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    Having read a few books authored by Dickens, one looked forward to knowing how he went about in his life and created masterpieces like "A Tale of Two Cities", "David Copperfield" and "Oliver Twist". There was always a desire for more. This offering by Hourly History does not disappoint as it portrays the life of Dickens as best as it could be in few pages. Having read a few books authored by Dickens, one looked forward to knowing how he went about in his life and created masterpieces like "A Tale of Two Cities", "David Copperfield" and "Oliver Twist". There was always a desire for more. This offering by Hourly History does not disappoint as it portrays the life of Dickens as best as it could be in few pages.

  3. 4 out of 5

    D. Thrush

    Dickens wrote so many classics that endure and have worked their way into popular culture including: "A Christmas Carol" (Scrooge), "A Tale of Two Cities" (“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”), "Oliver Twist" (“Please sir, may I have some more?”). He published many of his books in serial form first in daily or weekly papers. He was concerned with the disparity between the rich and the poor and many of his books reflect this. His life is just as interesting. What a fascinating Dickens wrote so many classics that endure and have worked their way into popular culture including: "A Christmas Carol" (Scrooge), "A Tale of Two Cities" (“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”), "Oliver Twist" (“Please sir, may I have some more?”). He published many of his books in serial form first in daily or weekly papers. He was concerned with the disparity between the rich and the poor and many of his books reflect this. His life is just as interesting. What a fascinating and gifted author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Madelon

    Over the past several years, I have developed a keener interest in history than I ever had when I was younger. In part, this is because I feel a need to put a framework around current events. In doing so, I am finding correlation between now and Victorian England. Charles Dickens, lauded for his writing that was so much about the plight of the poor would, no doubt, be writing similar books if he was alive today. I was never a fan of Dickens' writing. I cringe at the mention of DAVID COPPERFIELD, Over the past several years, I have developed a keener interest in history than I ever had when I was younger. In part, this is because I feel a need to put a framework around current events. In doing so, I am finding correlation between now and Victorian England. Charles Dickens, lauded for his writing that was so much about the plight of the poor would, no doubt, be writing similar books if he was alive today. I was never a fan of Dickens' writing. I cringe at the mention of DAVID COPPERFIELD, which I had to read in junior high. In fact, I read only the first half of this weighty and wordy tome but never finished it. I have seen different movie adaptations of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, but none stands out like the two performances I saw of Patrick Stewart's one-man show adaptation, on Broadway. After reading this short biography, I wonder if the impetus for this solo performance by Steward is the direct result of Dickens' own reading tours where A CHRISTMAS CAROL was among the favorites. Along with writing, Charles Dickens had a love of theatre, and his readings were bits of performance art. Much is told about the chronology of his writing and publishing career; however, there is no mention of his books being so wordy because he was paid by the word. It would seem that he was quite successful as a journalist, author, editor, and publisher, and made a decent living doing it. Dickens was also friend and colleague to Wilkie Collins whose works are also quite long. I found the works of Collins far more readable. With regard to his books, and their publication in the United States, he was left out in the cold financially. The United States was not party to international copyright, so anyone could publish the works of non-US authors with impunity. Dickens made more than one trip to the United States, and he met Edgar Allan Poe whose work suffered lack of publication because, as an American, he would have to be paid. We have both sides of the same coin working toward international copyright. (You can read more about this in EDGAR ALLAN POE: A Life From Beginning to End, also from Hourly History) Dickens' life is a reflection his time. His father kept the family in debt, thus ending up in debtor's prison when Charles was 12. At this young age, he had to work to help support his family. His father remained an inveterate spender throughout his life, even cashing in on his famous son's success. Despite early hardship, Charles Dickens was able to have the wherewithal to provide for a wife and ten children with a fair degree of comfort. Although not a favorite author, I now see Charles Dickens as the product of his time which made the reading of this biographical account more than worthwhile.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    So, Charles Dickens. A great writer and someone whose Christmas Carol still lives on today in various forms. (The Muppets Christmas Carol movie was really good. I still think the Alastair Sims version was the best.) He had a fairly rough start in life with his father being sent to debtor's prison. He left school early due to lack of money and got a job. It was a while before his writing ability really got going but once it did he worked extremely hard, sometimes working on two books at the same So, Charles Dickens. A great writer and someone whose Christmas Carol still lives on today in various forms. (The Muppets Christmas Carol movie was really good. I still think the Alastair Sims version was the best.) He had a fairly rough start in life with his father being sent to debtor's prison. He left school early due to lack of money and got a job. It was a while before his writing ability really got going but once it did he worked extremely hard, sometimes working on two books at the same time. During this, though, he still had financial troubles, marriage problems and difficulties with publishers. His books seemed to get better as time went on and his books (adapted into plays, movies, etc) are still considered some of the best writing. This book does a good job covering his life and I like the fact that it showed he had a lot of difficulties but still managed to make his mark on the history of literature.

  6. 5 out of 5

    E.

    Succinct and informative I like these short biographies because they give me a glimpse into the lives of the subjects. I love the fact that I can read them in one sitting. This book about the life of Charles Dickenson is a very nice overview of his life, times and motivation. If you are looking for an in-depth account of his life, this book is not for you. If you are just looking for the bare facts, give this a try. It is short, as they all are in this series, but it might satisfy your curiosity. Succinct and informative I like these short biographies because they give me a glimpse into the lives of the subjects. I love the fact that I can read them in one sitting. This book about the life of Charles Dickenson is a very nice overview of his life, times and motivation. If you are looking for an in-depth account of his life, this book is not for you. If you are just looking for the bare facts, give this a try. It is short, as they all are in this series, but it might satisfy your curiosity. Or, it might lead you to read a more thorough retelling of the life of this fascinating man.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Gleckler Clark

    It was the best of times,it was the worst of times…. Dickens lead in from “ A Tale of Two Cities” is still quoted today. I must admit that I’ve only read a couple of Dickens work. But I’m very familiar with the titles of most of the fourteen novels he wrote. This short history of his life filed on many relevant points i and many others are not aware of. For example, his marriage to Catherine and their ten children. Hosted trips to America. And, is comparison to Shakespeare as being two the the mo It was the best of times,it was the worst of times…. Dickens lead in from “ A Tale of Two Cities” is still quoted today. I must admit that I’ve only read a couple of Dickens work. But I’m very familiar with the titles of most of the fourteen novels he wrote. This short history of his life filed on many relevant points i and many others are not aware of. For example, his marriage to Catherine and their ten children. Hosted trips to America. And, is comparison to Shakespeare as being two the the most famous English Authors. Thank you Hourly History for bring all of this information to light.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patricia S Winchel

    Dickens was Second Only to Shakespeare This short read captures the spirit and character of Charles Dickens quite well. It makes me want to look up his writings and read them since I am only familiar with a few. He did have a heart for the poor, having lived in their shoes and known their plight. I did not know that he sired 10 children or that he separated from his wife after many difficult years and had a mistress. I only gave 4 stars because the editing needs some work.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Pat

    Okay overview of Dickens - it is mainly following his professional life, which is the most important aspect of him. I recommend it to people who don't know anything about Dickens - far more interesting than reading a Wikipedia article. Given its length, you can't expect too deep of a dive on the subject. Okay overview of Dickens - it is mainly following his professional life, which is the most important aspect of him. I recommend it to people who don't know anything about Dickens - far more interesting than reading a Wikipedia article. Given its length, you can't expect too deep of a dive on the subject.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashwin

    Another great story on a famous writer Charles dickens. I had heard about Charles dicken' the great expectations. But did not know he wrote so much about the poor and underprivileged society that existed in England during his time. His books has been adapted into plays and movies ever since. Another great story on a famous writer Charles dickens. I had heard about Charles dicken' the great expectations. But did not know he wrote so much about the poor and underprivileged society that existed in England during his time. His books has been adapted into plays and movies ever since.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Mind blown I have hated Dickens since the 7th grade lol. I think it's most likely because I didnt understand him or his stories. Getting to know the person a little bit, through this book, has helped me have a greater respect for the man and an urge to read his work. Thank you. Mind blown I have hated Dickens since the 7th grade lol. I think it's most likely because I didnt understand him or his stories. Getting to know the person a little bit, through this book, has helped me have a greater respect for the man and an urge to read his work. Thank you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    This was an hour well-spent. The information was very interesting; I had no idea that Charles Dickens traveled so much. Because A TALE OF TWO CITIES is so different from most of Dickens's work, it was fascinating to see what inspired him to write it. It is probably just as the book says, that after Shakespeare, Dickens was the most influential writer in England. What an interesting man. This was an hour well-spent. The information was very interesting; I had no idea that Charles Dickens traveled so much. Because A TALE OF TWO CITIES is so different from most of Dickens's work, it was fascinating to see what inspired him to write it. It is probably just as the book says, that after Shakespeare, Dickens was the most influential writer in England. What an interesting man.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Elliott

    Dickens I liked the personal insight into Sickens character, though that could have been better embellished. Was aware of his relationship with Nelly but this to was pretty much glossed over. What became of his wife. Who inherited the rights to his books. A bit more detail would be nice. I did learn some about this great author, a favorite of mine.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Lygrisse

    Interesting Read This was a good overview of the life of a complex and unusual individual. It gives the good and bad of his personality, while at the same time acknowledging his writing genius.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Guy

    What a shock! Charles Dickens is a name that I always came with fancy clothes and a high-class lifestyle. WRONG! He's a guy who earned a significant percentage of his nickels the hard way. This is an interesting read, thanks for allowing us to peak behind the imaginative door. What a shock! Charles Dickens is a name that I always came with fancy clothes and a high-class lifestyle. WRONG! He's a guy who earned a significant percentage of his nickels the hard way. This is an interesting read, thanks for allowing us to peak behind the imaginative door.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patsy

    Only 37 pages but full of the history of Charles Djckens from ,working as a child helping support his family. And becoming a known author throughout the years of history. A good history lesson. I enjoyed this short story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David Parker

    My Great Expectation s One of my first loves as a reader: Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities. To finally know him after 50 years is a great thrill.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Star Gater

    Blah blah blah There was nothing spectacular in this story. There are several typos that stop the flow of reading. Historians differ, and thus his story is incomplete.

  19. 5 out of 5

    steven reid

    Good read! Quick and easy read. Some good and basic info on Charles Dickens before I start reading some of his books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Suzan Kruger

    Interesting This was very interesting. I know parts of his life but this gave me great incite to this period. Love biographies.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Enjoyable, but painful too! The author revealed Dickens’ weaknesses and his strengths. This is a biography which we will not soon forget any time soon.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Ambruso

    Enjoyed this biography I was glad for having read this book about Dickensian. Certainly. He is the author of one of my all-time favorite stories, "A Christmas Carol." Enjoyed this biography I was glad for having read this book about Dickensian. Certainly. He is the author of one of my all-time favorite stories, "A Christmas Carol."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Review I had no idea what a fascinating life Charles Dickens had. It was very interesting to see how his stories reflected his own life and the times in which he lived.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    Very interesting biography.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Francine

    Very interesting Very interesting read, but I wanted to know more. I consider the time well spent as I love learning about authors.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Burns

    Quick read. Very intersting about his life, and how his books came into being.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Just discovered this free ebook on Amazon, which, then, led me to the website titled Hourly History. What a great resource this is! All of their history books can be downloaded to your Kindle from Amazon. I was reading the book, Girl in a Blue Dress, by Gaynor Arnold. Her inspiration for the book is the life and marriage of Charles Dickens. So, as I read this book based on Dickens' life I wanted to know what parts in the book were quite similar to Dickens life and which were fabricated. I did som Just discovered this free ebook on Amazon, which, then, led me to the website titled Hourly History. What a great resource this is! All of their history books can be downloaded to your Kindle from Amazon. I was reading the book, Girl in a Blue Dress, by Gaynor Arnold. Her inspiration for the book is the life and marriage of Charles Dickens. So, as I read this book based on Dickens' life I wanted to know what parts in the book were quite similar to Dickens life and which were fabricated. I did some internet search on Charles Dickens and discovered this terrific web resource titled Hourly History. They publish history ebooks that can be read in an hour. I highly recommend them. The reading is easy enough for middle grade students, but the information is factual and reliable enough for anyone to use to enhance their historical knowledge. I plan to use this website as a resource when I want to quickly recall facts about a person or event that will help me to relate to a historical character or event or to just better understand the history book I am reading. I highly recommend this free reading website, titled Hourly history [hourlyhistory.com].

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy Hagberg

    Content Disappointing To be honest, I found this booklet dry and tedious. More time could have been spent on A Christmas Carol and less time telling readers how often Dickens moved

  29. 4 out of 5

    Liz

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rowena Lynch

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