7 February 1812
Charles Dickens is Born
English author Charles Dickens was born on this day in British history, 7 February 1812. Dickens is widely recognized as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. One enduring facet of his work is his character creation, with such characters as Oliver Twist, Ebenezer Scrooge, and David Copperfield having literally become a part of British culture since their creation by Dickens. He is also well known for his critique of social conditions in Victorian England, a trait that has become part of the term ‘Dickensian,’ further evidence of his enduring legacy in literary history.