Writer Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was also a great humanitarian who cared for children and the poor, telling the stories of some of the failings of English society. He was also a journalist, and one could dub him a literary muckraker who was saddened by the lot of the lower classes during his time. He was also a traveler and a lauded writer who put many of his novelizations first in print in newspaper serializations. One should also be impressed by his literary achievements, taking on stories of people who mirrored the life of some of the unfortunate as well of those who caused some of the problems.
Simply Dickens from Dickens expert Paul Schlicke tells of his life and his literary achievements. One finds mention of the important people in his life as well as the famous characters he brought to life on the written page. This book is a great primer for one who wants a deeper understanding of the author that may not be gained from reading an introduction about a specific book or cliff notes. One does not get all that they need to know about this writer, given his literary outpouring. One does not find much fun in this or Dickens tales about life’s challenges and struggles. If one acknowledges what this book is, it can achieve its great expectations.