Today is Charles Dickens 200th birthday! Many of us know him from the treasured Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol or from his other seminal works such as Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities. Over the course of his life, Dickens completed nearly 20 novels and dozens of short stories, many which were serialized. Dickens’ work was so popular, that he not only defined and became the voice of the Victorian era but he also became the world’s first literary super star.
To help celebrate his birthday, here is a little known fact about me: I’m related, on my mother’s side, to the birthday boy himself! Here are a few more obscure facts about Dickens:
- Dickens World, in honor of Charles Dickens, in Kent, England, is one of, if not the only, literary theme park in the world.
- Dickens named his children after his favorite authors, like Henry Fielding Dickens and Alfred d’Orsay Tennyson Dickens
- He believed in Spontaneous Human Combustion and the character Krook, from Bleak House dies from it.
- Dickens was a member of The Ghost Club, a highly select club for paranormal research. Future members would include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.