I was a little surprised that some of the people here did not seem to think Dickens was important. I don't think he's absent from our culture. There is a new movie version of Great Expectations
. Google celebrated his birthday with a beautiful icon, he graced the cover of the Smithsonian, and Time spent the last two weeks counting down his best books. (Bleak House
was number one, not surprisingly.). Personally, Dickens is my favorite author so I know I'm biased. I teach two of his works at this point: A Christmas Carol
and Great Expectations. My students enjoyed his books. Yes, the language can be challenging. It is so worth it to show them how to get through it, understand it, and love it.