“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
(The opening line of “A Tale of Two Cities”, in which Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes described as one of the greatest opening lines in history of literature! Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes named “A Tale of Two Cities” one of his all time favorite books!)
Today, February 7th is the 205 Birthday Anniversary of one of the greatest writers of not only English literature but of all universal literature… Charles Dickens!
This extraordinary man, from Portsmouth, changed our lives with his wonderful literature and many, many, many wonderful, unforgettable characters that were brought to life by him and that were a reflection or a mirror of the Victorian era.
Charles Dickens, along with Cervantes, Shakespeare, Victor Hugo, Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, is one of my heroes of literature because just like Victor Hugo, Cervantes, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, Dickens wrote many things about humanity in his novels and short stories. Dickens was not only an extraordinary writer but he was also a very strong social critic (He was also against of American Slavery) I admire Dickens very much for so many reasons, he educated himself after he was pulled out from school and that is something that I admire so much! At the beginning, Dickens started to write under the pseudonym of “Boz” with “Sketches by Boz” and “The Pickwick Papers” and later, Charles Dickens became one of the most important writes of literature with his rich, realistic writing and also with his strong social criticism.
What would be our Christmas celebrations without Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”? Definitely Charles Dickens made Christmas time more beautiful and more deeply spiritually with his marveous tale of the famous greedy Ebenezer Scrooge. What our lives be without the many extraordinary characters of Dickens’ novels and short stories?
Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the Three ghosts of Christmas, Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, Fagin, The Artful Dodger, Pip, Miss Havisham, Abel Magwitch, Sydney Carton, David Copperfield (his most autobiographical character), so many wonderful, different and very complex characters!!!
Also, along with Shakespeare, many of the wonderful stories by Charles Dickens have been adapted by films (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol are breaking the records!)
(I also highly recommend to watch the wonderful staging performance of “Nicholas Nickleby”, that my dear Dickensian friend Rachel Anne Murphy, who is the greatest admirer of Dickens that I have ever met, and that has a wonderful blog, in which is my huge honor to follow… https://doncarloandtheseamstress.com/ shared to me and I am posting the links below )
I just want to end here with a big thank you to Charles Dickens for making our lives more beautiful and richer with his extraordinary tales that are a huge lesson of humanity. Many people around the world should read Dickens because seriously, every novel, novella and short story by Dickens is a true lesson of humanity. All of us, as human beings, should must be better human beings after reading Dickens’ works. And reading Dickens in these days, is more important, now than ever. And yes, in these days, we need more men like Charles Dickens.
HAPPY 205TH BIRTHDAY, CHARLES DICKENS!!!!!! 🙂 ❤