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|Charles Dickens 1812-1870
In part my addiction can be laid at the door of Edgar Allen Poe whose short stories I read in my teens.
But in the South Australian secondary education system in the 1960s we read a lot of Charles Dickens and to him I attribute my ability to see a mystery in almost every novel.
Although he didn't set out to write crime fiction, there is always at least one puzzle to be solved in a Dickens novel and the crime and justice system often comes in for castigation.
Dickens' plots were often complex, full of clues and red herrings, couched in words that you had to read carefully.
Through his eyes we see the effects of industrialisation on British society, a justice system that couldn't cope, a growing class of the impoverished and disadvantaged who turned to crime, sometimes petty sometimes more extreme.
Today, 7 February 2012, Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) would have been 200 years old.
You might like also to read these
- Charles Dickens, Crime Writer at Criminal Element.com
- a detailed biography on Wikipedia.
- Dickens 2012: a website celebrating the activities of the Dickens bi-centenary worldwide.
- a 3 day seminar in Berlin at the end of January considered "what would Dickens write today?"
- article in USA Today
Do you think he would have written crime fiction?
Who would you liken him to?
Has he had much influence on your reading choices?
Take a Dickens Quiz - I got 8!