Day 30: Great Expectations

Charles Dickens


Charles Dickens was forced to leave school after his father was jailed for “Bad Debts and so Charles started to work in a blacking factory (a boot polish factory). The conditions were very poor and Charles Dickens suffered from loneliness. It was this phase of his life that Dickens blew life into when he started writing. His views on the economy and the rich-poor divide is brought out clearly in his portrayal his characters.

The Oxford English Dictionary credits Dickens with introducing 247 new words or new usages into the language. These include butter-fingers, cheesiness, fluffiness and the use of the verbs “to mother-in-law”, “to manslaughter” and “to towel”. In Tale of Two Cities, he mentions “Husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil,” which is the earliest reference to potato chips.

Source: Charles Dickens Trivia and Facts.

Great Expectations was written by Charles Dickens. It was published in 1960.

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