Giveaway: The Last Dickens, by Matthew Pearl

The Last Dickens, by Matthew Pearl

The Last Dickens, by Matthew PearlI really enjoyed The Last Dickens, by Matthew Pearl and now you have the opportunity to see if you would like it as well. To enter, please leave a comment with a fact that you know about Charles Dickens. ย It can be where he’s from, a book he’s written, really anything about him, but it must one a unique fact, so read all of the entries before you post your own. This giveaway is sponsored by the publisher, Random House, and is open to those in the United States and Canada. I will respond to the winner’s entry on Wednesday, October 14, 2009.

Heather and Madeline each won a copy of The Day the Falls Stood Still, by Cathy Marie Buchanan. ย Congratulations to them, and good luck to everyone!

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  1. Oh – I would love to be entered in this give away.

    The fact that always astounds me is that even though Dickens wrote rather depressing commentaries on Victorian England, he spoke from first hand experience. When he was only a young boy, 12 years old I believe, his father was sent to debtor’s prison. At that time, entire families would often join the father in prison until the debt was paid. Charles, at the ripe age of 12, did not join the family but rather was sent to work in a blacking factory so that he could financially contribute to the paying off the debts of his parents. He worked many hours a day, 6 days a week in this factory.

    I think that is why his writing resonates with so many people – because he spoke passionately from his heart and sincerely wanted his writing to make a significant change in child labor laws.
    .-= molly´s last blog ..TSS – Tales from the Classroom =-.

  2. Charles Dickens was aquanted with another mid-1800’s author, Elizabeth Gaskell. In fact, she worked for him/his magazine. He was her editor. Charles Dickes wrote “A Christmas Carol”, one of the most well-known Christmas works. Dickens lived to be 58.
    .-= Madeleine´s last blog ..Books to Read Before I Die 2010 Challenge =-.

  3. In 1830, Dickens met his first love, Maria Beadnell. It is believed that she was the model for the character Dora in David Copperfield. Maria’s parents disapproved of the courtship and effectively ended the relationship by sending her to school in Paris.

  4. The inscription on his tomb reads: “CHARLES DICKENS Born 7th February 1812 Died 9th June 1870.”

  5. I’d love to be entered! Dickens is one of my favourite writers.

    The fact: Charles Dickens has a great-granddaughter who also became a writer, Monica Dickens, who has written several books and one of which, Mariana, was republished by Persephone Books.
    .-= claire´s last blog ..Rainy =-.

  6. We read A Christmas Carol for our book club last December. One fact I really thought was interesting is that there is a Dickens Theme Park! There are ridesd and cinema events and lots of Dickens characters!

    Dickens World
    Leviathan Way
    Chatham Maritime
    ME4 4LL
    .-= Sheila DeChantal´s last blog ..100 Mile Challenge =-.

  7. His history of England was used as a school text book for years.

    .-= J.T. Oldfield´s last blog ..The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald =-.

  8. Dickensโ€™ first book, a collection of stories titled Sketches by Boz was published in 1836. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. A lot of Dickens’ pieces were published serially in magazines, which is why they are 1) really long (he was paid by the word), and 2) have lots of cliffhanger chapters (he needed people to come back for the next installment).

    Fun giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. “The Charles Dickens Museum, in Doughty Street, Holborn is the only one of Dickens’s London homes to survive. He lived there only two years but in that time wrote The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, and Nicholas Nickleby. It contains a major collection of manuscripts, original furniture and memorabilia.” – from Wikipedia

    I’d love to visit the museum, and win this book of course! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Hawkeyegirl´s last blog ..Up, Up and Away! =-.

  11. My Charles Dickens fact – At the age of twelve, Dickens was forced to leave school. He was sent off to work in a factory after his father was thrown in jail for outstanding debts.

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  12. Did you know????
    Charles Dickens had 7 sons and 3 daughters and he named all of his sons, except the first, after great English writers.
    Thanks for a fantastic giveaway, Dickens is my favorite author=)

  13. After a short working vacation in the United States in 1841, Dickens continued at his break-neck pace. He began to publish annual Christmas stories, beginning with A Christmas Carol in 1843. Within the community, Dickens actively fought for social issues; such as education reform, sanitary measures, and slum clearance, and he began to directly address social issues in novels such as Dombey and Son (1846-48).