June 9th 1870: Charles Dickens dies
On this day in 1870, the English writer Charles Dickens passed away aged 58 following a stroke. Dickens wrote some popular and famous works such as Bleak House, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. He died leaving his final novel (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) unfinished, leaving the identity of the story’s murderer unknown. Due to his status as a literary giant of his age, Dickens was buried in Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey rather than the “unostentatious” service he desired. His work is still celebrated and widely read today.
“He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England’s greatest writers is lost to the world.”
- Epitaph for Charles Dickens
February 7th 1812: Charles Dickens born
On this day in 1812, the future famous novelist Charles Dickens, was born in Portsmouth, England. Dickens is now considered the greatest Victorian writer, noted for his works such as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations and David Copperfield. Today is the 200th anniversary of his birth.