Happy B-Day Charles Dickens

Charels Dickens

Today, February 7th, is The famous author Charels Dickens 200th birth day. We all know that Dickens wrote about poverty, injustice, crime with great humor. Here are a few things we don’t know about him…

  • Dickens was preoccupied with looking in the mirror and combing his hair – he did it hundreds of times a day. He rearranged furniture in his home – if it wasn’t in the exact “correct” position, he couldn’t concentrate. Obsessed with magnetic fields, Dickens made sure that every bed he slept in was aligned north-south. He had to touch certain objects three times for luck. He was obsessed with the need for tidiness, often cleaning other homes as well as his own.
  • While best known for A Christmas Carol, Dickens actually wrote five books about Christmas: The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain, as well as A Christmas Carol. They were all published between 1843-1848.
  • Dicken’s study had a secret door designed to look like a bookcase. The shelves were full of fake books with witty titles, such as Noah’s Arkitecture and a nine-volume set titled Cat’s Lives. One of his favorites was a multi-volume series called The Wisdom of Our Ancestors, dealing with subjects like ignorance, superstition, disease, and instruments of torture, and a companion book titled The Virtues of Our Ancestors, which was so narrow that the title had to be printed vertically.
  • Dickens’ story The Signal Man is partly derived from personal experience. In 1865 Dickens was involved in the famed Staplehurst rail crash in which seven train carriages toppled off a bridge that was under repair. Dickens narrowly avoided catastrophe as his own car was the first to be spared once the train finally stopped, however the incident scarred him mentally.
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