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About my favourite English writer
Charles Dickens was an English novelist and one of the most popular
writers in the history of literature. In his enormous body of works,
Dickens combined masterly storytelling, humour, pathos, and irony with
sharp social criticism and acute observation of people and places, both
real and imagined.
Dickens was born February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth and spent most of his
childhood in London and Kent, both of which appear frequently in his
novels. He started school at the age of nine, but his education was
interrupted when his father was imprisoned for debt in 1824. The boy was
then forced to support himself by working in a shoe-polish factory. From
1824 to 1826, Dickens again attended school. For the most part, however,
he was self-educated. Among his favourite books were those by such great
18th-century novelists as Henry Fielding and Tobias Smollett, and their
influence can be discerned in Dickens's own novels. In 1827 Dickens took
a job as a legal clerk.
In December 1833 Dickens published the first of a series of original
descriptive sketches of daily life in London, using the pseudonym Boz.
The success of this first novel The Pickwick Papers made Dickens famous.
Dickens subsequently maintained his fame with a constant stream of
novels. A man of enormous energy and wide talents, he also engaged in
many other activities. He edited the weekly periodicals Household Words
(1850-1859) and All the Year Round (1859-1870), composed the travel
books American Notes (1842) and Pictures from Italy (1846), administered
charitable organisations, and pressed for many social reforms. In 1843
he published A Christmas Carol, an ever-popular children's story.
Incompatibility and Dickens's relations with a young actress, Ellen
Ternan, led to his separation from his wife in 1858, after the marriage
had produced ten children. He suffered a fatal stroke on June 9, 1870,
and was buried in Westminster Abbey five days later.
He made a valuable contribution to world literature, he wrote “The
Pickwick Papers”, “Bleak House”, “Oliver Twist”, “Dombey and Son” and
other novels and stories.
*About myself and my family
First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Sergey. My full name
is Kashpirovsky Sergey Vasilevish. I’m 17 years old. I was born in the
family of an economist and an engineer.
My family is small. There are only three of us. I always delighted to
have somebody to share my ideas with, to discuss things and the like,
but it happens that sometimes I crave for loneliness to think about my
problems, my mistakes and to look though my life.
I should like to begin with the oldest in the family – my farther. He is
the head of it. He is a very hard-working person. And there’s a very
good feature of his: if he starts doing something he is sure to do it up
to the end. His favorite occupation is reading and watching TV. He is
true father who devotes much time of his to bringing us up properly. He
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