"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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Happily the fathers view prevailed. His schooling, interrupted and unimpressive, ended at 15. He became a clerk in a solicitors office, then a short-hand reporter in the law courts thus gaining a knowledge of the legal world often used in the novels , and finally, like other members of his family, a parliamentary and newspaper reporter.
These years left him with a lasting affection for journalism and contempt both for the law and for Parliament. His coming to manhood in the reformist 1830s, and particularly his working on the Liberal Benthamite Morning Chronicle 1834-36 , greatly affected his political outlook. Another influential event now was his rejection as suitor to Maria Beadnell because his family and prospects were unsatisfactory his hopes of gaining and chagrin at losing her sharpened his determination to succeed.
His feelings about Maria then and at her later brief and disillusioning reentry into his life are reflected in David Copperfield Adoration of Dora Spenlow and the middle-aged Arthur Clennam s discovery in Little Dorrit that Flora Finching, who had seemed enchanting years ago, was diffuse and silly, that Flora whom he had left a lily, had become a peony. George R. Gissing - Charles Dickens A Critical Study, London, 1947, reissued 1976.
pp. 105-116 Much drawn to the theatre, Dickens nearly became a professional actor in 1832. In 1833 he began contributing stories and descriptive essays to magazines and newspapers this attracted attention and were reprinted as Sketches by Boz February 1836 .
The same month, he was invited to provide a comic serial narrative to accompany engravings by a well-known artist seven weeks later the first installment of Pickwick Papers appeared. Within a few months Pickwick was the rage and Dickens the most popular author of the day. The Pickwick Papers was Dickenss first novel and, although published in the first year of .Скачать