Charles Dickens (7 February 1812 Ė 9 June 1870) was a prolific English writer. He is regarded as the greatest and most influential novelist of his period, and he produced some remarkable characters over his lifetime. He achieved fame during his lifetime and his novels novels and short stories continue to enjoy an enduring popularity among the general reading public.
His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, is one of the most influential works ever written. His creative genius has been praised by fellow writers. He rose to instant fame in 1836 with publication of The Pickwick Papers (serial format). He was especially praised for his humor, satire, and keen observation of character and society. He also campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.
Some of his other major works include The Adventures of Oliver Twist (1839), David Copperfield (1849), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860), Bleak House (1852), and The Old Curiosity Shop (1840).