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Charles Dickens

1812 - 1870

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Charles John Huffam Dickens (; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English novelist and social critic who created some of the world's best-known fictional characters, and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime and, by the 20th century, critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are widely read today.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school at the age of 12 to work in a boot-blacking factory when his father John was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Dickens has received more than 19,920,819 page views. His biography is available in 156 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 154 in 2019). Charles Dickens is the 31st most popular writer (down from 29th in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 19th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Writer.

Charles Dickens is most famous for his novels such as "A Christmas Carol" and "Oliver Twist".

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  • 156

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  • 9.19

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  • 6.23

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Among writers, Charles Dickens ranks 31 out of 5,755Before him are Petrarch, Anne Frank, Giovanni Boccaccio, Rumi, Honoré de Balzac, and Ernest Hemingway. After him are Horace, Alexandre Dumas, Aeschylus, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell, and Alexander Pushkin.

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Among people born in 1812, Charles Dickens ranks 1After him are Kaspar Hauser, Théodore Rousseau, Johann Gottfried Galle, Alexander Herzen, Truganini, Ivan Goncharov, Louise of Orléans, Moses Hess, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, Ascanio Sobrero, and Maria Cristina of Savoy. Among people deceased in 1870, Charles Dickens ranks 1After him are Alexandre Dumas, Robert E. Lee, Prosper Mérimée, Josef Strauss, Comte de Lautréamont, Frédéric Bazille, Alexander Herzen, Francisco Solano López, Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Marie-Caroline of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Berry, and Ferdinand von Wrangel.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Charles Dickens ranks 25 out of 7,765Before him are Alan Turing (1912), Margaret Thatcher (1925), Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Mary I of England (1516), Alfred Hitchcock (1899), and Richard I of England (1157). After him are James Cook (1728), Alexander Fleming (1881), Anne Boleyn (1501), John Maynard Keynes (1883), Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), and Robert Hooke (1635).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Charles Dickens ranks 3Before him are William Shakespeare (1564) and Agatha Christie (1890). After him are Lord Byron (1788), Jane Austen (1775), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), Daniel Defoe (1660), Virginia Woolf (1882), Lewis Carroll (1832), Mary Shelley (1797), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), and Walter Scott (1771).