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Master Storyteller

Charles Dickens became internationally famous within a couple of years of his first novel being published, and he remained a much-lauded celebrity and social commentator until his death in 1870. With international influence then and now, and a gift for storytelling and creating captivating characters, Dickens continues to be one of the world’s greatest, and most empathetic, writers on childhood. This section features works by Dickens and items related to his life alongside examples of the types of legislation that affected the lives of Victorian children.