Charles Dickens’ books have been “occupying" libraries across the nation long before the term became fashionable. Yet many of his themes remain as relevant today as they were in the 1800s.
Dickens often wrote about a disdain for the rich. People knew characters such as Ebeneezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim, Pip and Miss Havisham, and Fagin and Oliver Twist whether they had read Dickens’ books or not.
“Everything he wrote about in the 1840s is still relevant," Dickens' biographer, Claire Tomalin said, according to the Associated Press. "The great gulf between the rich and poor, corrupt financiers... You name it, he said it."
Reuters reported that Dickens’ first novel was "The Pickwick Papers," followed by "Oliver Twist" and "Nicholas Nickleby." He also wrote "Bleak House," "Hard Times," "Little Dorrit," "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Great Expectations." Dickens died from a stroke in 1870 at age 58.