“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another,” Charles Dickens remarked once. If we care for that standard, Charles Dickens – a colossus standing tall over the literary firmament – is one of the most ‘useful’ people of all time!
Even though he lacked a formal education, he gave us fifteen novels, five novellas and hundreds of short stories that have not only lightened the burdens of numerous generations but also given us a glorious peek into the grand world of his imagination.
Virginia Woolf once tagged Dickens’ works as “mesmerizing” and Truman Capote called him “a great artist”. On Charles Dickens’ birth anniversary, we fetch five of his greatest works that have dazzled men and women, children and elders alike!
“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”
“Please, sir, I want some more.”
A Christmas Carol
“I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.”
A Tale of Two Cities
“Repression is the only lasting philosophy.”
Which is your favourite novel by Charles Dickens, and why? Tell us, and join us in wishing Charles Dickens – Happy Birthday!