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February 8, 2012

Charles Dickens' 200th birthday: Google remembers the novelist with a doodle


It's Charles Dickens' 200th birthday, so here that I am joyfully see the cute animated google doodle and  Google remembers the novelist with a ... doodle!  Today marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birthday , born February 7, 1812. To celebrate the life and works of one of the world's greatest storytellers, the Google doodle team created this fantastic celebratory doodle.

Charles John Huffam Dickens  was novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic novels. 

The Doodle features characters from his literary works and his famous novels, including Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Great Expectations.

The British author wrote several novels during his lifetime including classics like A Tale of Two Cities and Nicholas Nickleby. Most of his novels focused on the hardships faced by the poor and working class during industrial revolution.

Born on Feb. 7 1812 in Landport, England, Charles John Huffam Dickens grew in tough, working-class conditions. At age 12, after his father was thrown into a debtors’ prison, he was forced to work at a blacking factory.

Starting his career as a journalist, Dickens eventually started writing literary prose, which was published in monthly installments before being released as books.

Dickens was also a philanthropist; together with Angela Burdett Coutts he founded the Urania Cottage, a home for “fallen” women, helping them learn to read and write.

Dickens died from the consequences of a stroke in his home on June 8, 1870. His last words were, reportedly, “Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fulfilled all the rules of art.”

Here are some of Dickens' novels and Christmas books. 
Novels : 

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (Monthly serial, April 1836 to November 1837)[92]

The Adventures of Oliver Twist (Monthly serial in Bentley’s Miscellany, February 1837 to April 1839)

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Monthly serial, April 1838 to October 1839)

The Old Curiosity Shop (Weekly serial in Master Humphrey’s Clock, 25 April 1840, to 6 February 1841)

Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ‘Eighty (Weekly serial in Master Humphrey’s Clock, 13 February 1841, to 27 November 1841)

    The Christmas books:
    A Christmas Carol (1843)
    The Chimes (1844)
    The Cricket on the Hearth (1845)
    The Battle of Life (1846)
    The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain (1848)
    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit (Monthly serial, January 1843 to July 1844)

If you want to know more about him, check out : Wikipedia 

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