Fun Facts about Charles Dickens

1. The University of California has developed "The Dickens Project" to promote the study and enjoyment of Dickens' life
http://dickens.ucsc.edu/index.html

2. Dickens was involved in the disastrous Staplehurst train crash in 1865.  Although Dickens sustained only minor injuries,
he never recovered from the post-traumatic shock of the crash.  His death, in 1870, was exactly five years (to the day) from
the date of the train crash.

3. In 1856, with income from his writings increasing, Dickens was able to buy Gad's Hill Place in Higham, Kent, England. 
"As a child, Dickens had walked past the house and dreamed of living in it.  The area was also the scene of some of the events of
Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I and that literary connection pleased him."1  Although his family was having financial
problems, his father often told him that if he worked very hard he he might someday live there.
The home now houses Gad's Hill School, an independent, private day school which was founded in 1942.
Marion Dickens, the author's great, great granddaughter, was a pupil at the school and now serves on the school's Board of Governors.

4. The original title of the book is:  A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas

5. A copy of the First Edition of A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, is currently priced at $31,634.25
.

6. The publishing of A Christmas Carol (1843) came around the same time as the widespread use of Christmas trees (1841) and the first Christmas card (1843).

7.  Dickens has an amusement park named after him.  "Dickens World", in Kent, England, is an indoor attraction based on the life, books, and times
times of Charles Dickens.  According to the park's website, they "take you back to and authentically themed Dickensian England."



1. Wikipedia.  (2010, November 20). Charles dickens. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_dickens
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