Dickens’ work spanned a little over three decades, much of it devoted to commentaries on poverty, chicanery, and personal vice.
His works were iconic in the true sense, no cliché’. Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, a many, many more. These stories, important in setting the stage for modern culture and mores, couldn’t help but to be adapted for stage and film over and over.
Born in 1812,and spending most of his years in London, his characters came to life in a near literal sense, each one providing a didactic and revelatory platform for commentary, often disturbing, usually enlightening, and occasionally heartwarming.
A Christmas Carol, penned in 1843 is his most famous book adapted for film. It was part of a group of Christmas stories he wrote during a short period in the early 1840s. The one he thought would be famous, The Cricket on the Hearth, quickly took a back seat to the story of the conversion of old Ebenezer Scrooge.
A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and Oliver were all very popular movies, the latest Oliver starring Gwyneth Paltrow in 1998.