A brief but curious story of Charles Dickens
Have you ever read some of Charles Dickens’s novels? His literary works are still popular nowadays. However, we do not want to sound boring. That’s why we have gathered the most curious facts about Charles Dickens. We bet you didn’t hear them at school!
Charles Dickens is famous for his well-known classics such as “Oliver Twist”, “A Christmas Carol”, “David Copperfield”, and many others. However, many readers don’t know the man behind the manuscripts.
#1 Charles Dickens loved ravens
The writer kept ravens as pets. His most beloved raven was named Grip. After its death, Dickens replaced the raven with another one, also called Grip. When the second raven died, Dickens stuffed the bird.
#2 Dickens created a home for “fallen women”
Charles Dickens and heiress Angella Coutts set up and effectively managed “Urania Cottage”. It was a rehabilitation home for homeless women, ex-prisoners, and prostitutes. The main goal of the cottage was to reintegrate these women into Victorian society.
#3 Some scholars believe that Dickens suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder
Dickens always slept facing north, he thought it would help him stimulate his creativity. What’s more, he constantly combed his hair and rearranged furniture.
#4 He left his wife for an actress
When the writer was 45, Charles Dickens was a co-writer of a play called “The Frozen Deep”. He fell in love with one of the actresses hired to act in the production. Ellen Ternan was only 18 years. Their affair became the end of his marriage to Catherine Hogarth. He left his wife and their children.
#5 Dickens evaluated his audience’s reaction
The writer often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback. For example, when his wife’s chiropodist expressed distress at the way Miss Mowcher in “David Copperfield” seemed to reflect her disabilities, Dickens improved the character with positive features.
- What was the last completed novel by Charles Dickens?
- Which of these novels by Charles Dickens was the first to be written in the first person?
- Where in England was Charles Dickens born?
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