“It would be worse than idle – for it would be hypocritical and unfeeling – if I were to disguise that I close this episode in my life with feelings of very considerable pain.”
Speech made after The Farewell Reading, St James’ Hall, London, UK, Tuesday 15 March 1870
Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7 February 1812 and died on June 9 1870. Dickens was one of the most popular English novelists in Victorian times (some say the greatest). Less well known perhaps was that he was a social campaigner and spent much of his time arguing passionately for change to improve the circumstances of the poor, particularly in London.
Written under the pen-name “Boz”, Dickens’ novels frequently appeared in periodicals and magazines in serialized ...