In September of 1860 Charles Dickens gathered "the accumulated letters and papers of twenty years" and set them ablaze in his backyard. Did the bonfire mark a turning point in his life or was he trying to cover his tracks?
This work of historical fiction begins with the Staplehurst railway accident. Dickens had a brush with death on that day. Dan Simmons paints a horrific picture of the accident. Then he adds a little something to the mix. That something is named Drood.
Hard Times takes an unsympathetic look at Utilitarianism. This no-nonsense movement relied heavily on statistics, rules and regulations. Individualism and imagination are not highly valued in this philosophy.
Charles John Huffman Dickens was born in England in the year 1812. He wrote classic novels of the Victorian era like Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol.
Dickens also had an interesting private life. He grew up poor, he almost became an actor and he had an unhappy marriage.
This site features articles about the life and work of Charles Dickens. It’s also home to one of the largest collection of Dickens quotations on the web as well as the Daily Dose of Dickens, a daily quote from the work of Dickens.