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Dickens was enormously successful. He was a real rock star in his day. In addition to everything he accomplished in his life, I think one of his greatest accomplishments is that he was able to write books that still touch us today, and still make us stop and think about the issues he raised.
One of the great achievements of Charles Dickens is that he effected social reform. With his exposure novels, such as Oliver Twist, Dickens attacked the working of the poor law of his Victorian Age. Bleak House is another novel of social realism, replete with social analysis and protest. And, with the use of pathos and melodrama Dickens, nevertheless, manages to weave an assessment of the corruption at the heart of Victorian society.
Dickens also introduced to many readers the historical novel as well as the dectective novel and the thriller, genres that maintain their popularity and widespread appeal to this day.One historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities was written by Dickens after having read Thomas Carlysle's The French Revolution: A History. Carlysle's study of the oppression of the poor greatly influenced the themes of A Tale of Two Cities in which Dickens draws parallels between France at the time of the Revolution and England. Dickens, of course, was concerned that something like the revolution could occur in his own country.
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