His vibrant characters such as Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Nicholas Nickleby have delighted readers for generations. Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England in 1812 and by the 1830s his writings were anticipated by readers throughout the country. Charles Dickens: A Tale of Ambition and Genius reveals how his own life experiences and talents animated his work, leading him to become one of the essential authors of the Victorian era.This program traces Dickens’ life story from his early years on the assembly line to his rise as an author through his death in 1870.
This one-hour biography brings viewers new insights into the development of Dickens’ unique literary style and the artistic context in which he penned some of the most important literary works of the 19th century. This BIO shows how Dickens’ work became a strong commentary on the difficult conditions of the Industrial Revolution through his captivating characters and rich descriptions of industrial England. An excellent visual resource together with Dickens’ novels and stories, this BIO will introduce students to the complex world of Victorian England and will encourage students to consider the relationship between literary works and social context.
The biography of Charles Dickens is scheduled to air on the Bio channel on December 6th at 7:00 AM. If you forget to DVR the episode, you can watch it online through this link.
The Bio. channel also has a free educator’s guide that includes vocabulary, discussion questions and extensions activities.