Charles Dickens is a famous English writer. He was born on the 7 th of February, 1812. He was born into a poor family.
When Charles was a small boy his family settled in one of London’s poorest suburbs. When Charles Dickens was ten years old his father was put in prison, because he had debts and the boy had to work. He began to work in a blacking factory. Later he described this period of his life in his novel « David Copperfield». When Charles was 12 years old he began to go to school again. At the age of 15 Charles Dickens began to work in a London lawyer’s office. He didn’t like this work.
When he was 25 years old he became one of the most famous and best newspaper reporters in London. He liked his work. He knew about London life and he wrote about it in his articles. “The Pickwick Papers» was his first great work. He published them in April, 1836. «Oliver Twist» was published 2 years later. This novel was a great success among the reading public.
Charles Dickens travelled a lot. He visited America in 1842. He wrote «American Notes» after visiting that country.
In the last years of his life Dickens began to meet with his readers and gave public readings from his own works. These meetings were very successful. He could not finish last novel « Edwin Drood». He died suddenly in the summer of 1870.
Task 1. Translate into Russia.
Task 2. Answer the questions:
Was Charles Dickens an English or American writer?
When and where was he born?
Was he born into a poor or into a rich family?
When did he begin to work?
Did Charles Dickens like to work in a London lawyer’s office?
What did he do in the last years of his life?