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Best of Times: The Story of Charles Dickens (World Writers)

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Details the life of Charles Dickens and discusses how his upbringing and surroundings led him to write novels depicting the working class, often involving child laborers, in nineteenth-century England.

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Charles Dickens is one of the most famous authors in the world. His books, including the classics A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and Oliver Twist, have had an incalculable impact on literature. But the man behind these flights of imagination was not as cheery as the comedy of his novels might suggest. His father's extravagant spending left little for Dickens's education: he had only a few years of schooling. At the age of twelve, when his father was remand- ed to debtors' prison, Dickens was sent to work in a factory. The experience scarred him deeply, and he never got over his fear of debt or forgot what it was like to be young, alone, and afraid.Dickens's rise to literary fame was quick. The Pickwick Papers was all the rage by the time its author was twenty-four. His astonishing eye for detail and his sense of humor helped Dickens reach a previously untapped audience in the poor and the growing middle class. While Dickens contributed substan-tial sums of money as well as time and energy to charitable efforts, he was a cold father and a distant husband. His life was as complicated and dramatic as his novels, revealing a complex and fascinating man who devoted himself to telling stories that illuminated the people and the times of Victorian England.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Library Binding
Release Date   Aug 15, 2005
Publisher   Morgan Reynolds Publishing
ISBN  1931798680  
ISBN13  9781931798686  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peggy Caravantes, author of fourteen previous books for children and teens, has a special interest in writing about women who can serve as role models for today's girls. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English and her master's degree in education, Peggy became a teacher and a writer. She lives in San Antonio, TX.

Peggy Caravantes currently resides in san antonio San Antonio, in the state of Texas. Peggy Caravantes was born in 1935.

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Reveals Dickens' hard childhood, early experiences working in a factory, and more  Oct 3, 2005
Peggy Caravantes' Best Of Times: The Story Of Charles Dickens will reach into middle school and perhaps even high school with its 160-page in-depth survey of author Dickens' life. While Dickens' books are famous and assigned reading in almost every classroom across the country, his life hasn't received nearly the attention for young adult students. Best Of Times reveals Dickens' hard childhood, early experiences working in a factory, and more.

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