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ENGLAND/WORLD 7 Feb 2012 Victorian novelist Charles Dickens born 200 years ago

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February 7, 2012 - NULL

FR: Dickens was notable in his commercial savvy! being one of the first authors to protect his copyright.

ENGLAND/WORLD 7 Feb 2012 Victorian novelist Charles Dickens born 200 years ago

Charles Dickens (born 7 Feb 1812 in England-Died 9 Jun 1870) is generally considered the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. His graphic imagery stems largely from personal experience of grim times. Dickens 2012 is an international celebration of his life and work. The BBC plans special programs, and The Royal Mint will produce a Special Edition Dickens 2012 coin. In being featured on British currency, Dickens joins

FR: Dickens was notable in his commercial savvy! being one of the first authors to protect his copyright.

ENGLAND/WORLD 7 Feb 2012 Victorian novelist Charles Dickens born 200 years ago

Charles Dickens (born 7 Feb 1812 in England-Died 9 Jun 1870) is generally considered the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. His graphic imagery stems largely from personal experience of grim times. Dickens 2012 is an international celebration of his life and work. The BBC plans special programs, and The Royal Mint will produce a Special Edition Dickens 2012 coin. In being featured on British currency, Dickens joins Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale.

The defining moment of his life occurred when he was 12 years old. With his father in debtors' prison, he was withdrawn from school and forced to work in a factory. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, his brief stint at the factory haunted him all of his life -- he spoke of it only to his wife and to his closest friend, John Forster -- but the dark secret became a source both of creative energy and of the preoccupation with the themes of alienation and betrayal which would emerge, most notably, in David Copperfield and in Great Expectations.

The BBC is planning new TV and radio dramas, documentaries plus an innovative visual arts project in partnership with Film London.

Although a writer from the Victorian era, Dickens's work transcends his time, language and culture, according to the Dickens 2012 web site. It notes that Dickens remains a massive contemporary influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia. Dickens 2012 will see a rich and diverse programme of events taking place in the run up and throughout the whole of 2012. (WRITTEN Feb 2012)

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Details of events
http://www.dickens2012.org/calendar

Charles Dickens biography
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/162141/Charles-Dickens

Date written/update: 2012-02-07