A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MOST POPULAR ENGLISH NOVELIST:CHARLES DICKENS!

CHARLES DICKENS’ BICENTENARY IS KICKSTARTING TODAY AROUND THE WORLD,ESPECIALLY IN ENGLAND WHERE PRINCE CHARLES SHALL BE OVERSEEING THE GREAT LITERARY CELEBRATION WHEREIN MANY COMMONWEALTH-COUNTRIES HAVE SENT WREATHS TO BE PUT TO DICKENS’ MEMORIALS!CHARLES DICKENS WAS A CELEBRITY NOVELIST WHO USED TO PUBLISH HIS NOVELS IN SERIALIZED FORMS VIA LIT.MAGAZINES AND PEOPLE IN EUROPE N AMERICA WERE EAGERLY WAITING TO READ THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE MAGAZINE IN ORDER TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!SUCH WAS THE SPELL HE HAD UPON HIS READERS!THE READERSHIP SWELLED IN 1840s TO A STAGGERING 100000!CHARLES DICKENS GOT IMMORTAL STATUS AMONG THE REVERED PANTHEON OF ENGLISH NOVELISTS!

DICKENS IS ARGUABLY THE MOST POPULAR OF ALL ENGLISH NOVELISTS TILL DATE!THIS ENDURING ENIGMA OF CHARLES DICKENS IN ITSELF IS A TELLING EXAMPLE OF WHO HE WAS N WHAT HE MEANS TO THE READER TODAY -200 YEARS AFTER HE WAS BORN ON 7TH FEBRUARY 1812 IN PORTSMOUTH,ENGLAND!

DICKENS WAS THE MAIN REPRESENTATIVE VOICE OF WHAT WE CALL ‘VICTORIAN-ERA’ OR ‘VICTORIANISM’ OR ‘VICTORIANA’!
HE WAS VERY KEEN OBSERVER OF HIS TIMES AND THE ABSURDITIES THEREOF!A GREAT HUMANIST,DICKENS PORTRAYED SOCIAL EVILS AND SOCIETAL ILLS OF HIS TIMES IN GREAT ACCURATE DETAILS.HE WAS NOT A PREACHER,THOUGH. . .JUST AN AUTHENTIC SPOKESMAN OF THE VICTORIAN BRITAIN.
HIS NOVELS LIKE ‘ OLIVER-TWIST’ WERE VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN HASTENING REFORMS LIKE THE LITERACY,LABOR REFORMS!WHEN HE WROTE HIS FIRST NOVEL, THE BRITISH LITERACY RATE WAS AROUND 50 PERCENT. . .WHEN HE DIED AT D AGE OF 58,THE LITERACY RATE WAS IN NINETIES!

MRITYUNJAY JHA
SAMASTIPUR
BIHAR
INDIA.
MJ1982M@twitter.com

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