Monday, April 20, 2009

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens has peeked my curiosity. A few weeks ago, I watched a 1938 movie by Charles Dickens......The Christmas Carol. I think that this is the best movie I've ever seen! I absolutely loved it and I will continue to watch it with my other favorite movies at Christmas time. I couldn't find a movie clip to add to my post, sorry. I really wanted one for that movie.
I've started reading a tea book, The Charms of Tea. Don't you just love that tea pot on the cover of this book?

Oh but anyway, inside this book it had a quote from Charles Dickens or it mentioned him or something. So I looked him up on the computer and sure enough, he lived in the Victorian Era. Also was the time that he wrote many of his books. The Christmas Carol he was not a book he was intending to write by the way. That was a book to help him and his wife out financially. They had 10 children!
While looking up Charles Dickens on the world wide web, I also connected up with Queen Victoria.
Also there is another book written by Claire Tomalin called The Invisible Woman. This was supposedly Charlie Dickens mistress on the side whom they secretly lived together during the last 13 years of his life. That part made my cringe a little, being I'm married. Sorry Mr. Charlie but that part doesn't fly well with me but none the less, the story sounds juicy and scandalous. Has anyone read that story by the way?
Also while doing some research on the world wide web, I confirmed that the Christmas Carol took place in Victorian London, in year was 1801. The Spirit of Christmas Present said that it had 1800 brother's because he lives for only one year. I thought that was an interesting tid bit.
Here is the original preface of the book.

Charles Dickens was working in some shoe factory where the middle class weren't being payed very well and his mother told him that he had to keep working there when the family inherited money. Charles Dickens father was able to get out of prison with the money that the family inherited. John Dickens went to prison for reasons of debt. But Charles Dickens held resentment to his mother for a life time. Here is a quote I seen by Charles Dickens.
" I had no advice, no counsel, no encouragement, no consolation, no assistance, no support, of any kind, from anyone, that I can call to mind, as I hope to go to heaven."
Charles gotta love him.....unless I come to find out he's a devil worshiper or something, lol.
I'm signing off.....from Peek-A-Boo Street!


  1. Oh yes, the original Christmas Carol is one of my faves, too!


  2. That was a very, very interesting post! I don't know much about Charles Dickens at all. I agree with you on the affair thing, although it makes you mad, most of the time the stories behind them are pretty juicy! LOL

  3. Love "Christmas Carol! Hope your Easter was a good one!

  4. Hi Anne, This was a great post. I truly enjoyed it. Hope you have a great day. Madeline

  5. Anonymous4/20/2009

    I find Charles Dickens to be a most difficult author to read. I have read 'The Christmas Carol' and 'Oliver Twist' I think 'Oliver Twist' was my favorite. Dickens was a very interesting man. I didn't know about the book 'The Invisiable Women' I would really like to read that too. I will have to add it to my ever growing list :>) Great post!


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