Charles Dickens came from a family that suffered bankruptcy and was unable to establish themselves financially, partly because of Dickens's grandfather embezzling and escaping conviction by fleeing the country. Nonetheless, Dickens novels all equate monetary gain for its own sake with the worst of accomplishments. Additionally his novels make an appeal for relatives, well-wishers and friends to come to the rescue of suffering families and share wealth, at least with the children, as in Oliver Twist and Great Expectations, so that at least they won't suffer the fall-out of adult failures in the financial world.
Two of Dickens' strengths as a writer are his humor and his ability to twang the emotional heart strings of readers. Contemporary readers consider this sentimentality; and sentimentality is out of fashion in the contemporary world. Another great strength is his ability to manipulate the English language writing sentences that perfectly intertwine multiple thoughts with one sentence stretching on for an entire paragraph. This remarkable skill is also out of fashion in the contemporary world.
Dickens was married but he and his wife became estranged from each other, perhaps because the fame of his books dictated a heavy traveling schedule for him. They were separated and he carried on a liaison with actress Ellen Turner during which time he wrote A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and Our Mutual Friend.