Check out some of the writer’s less-known works and get inspired by his messages, uplifting writing and criticism of the things that bothered him.
- Sketches by Boz (88 sketches)
- Reprinted Pieces (25 articles)
- Contributions to All the Year Round (14 articles)
- Sunday Under Three Heads (3 articles)
- Miscellaneous Papers: essays from The Examiner, Household Words and All the year round
Over the course of his life, the legendary Charles Dickens wrote numerous novels, stories, travelogues, sketches, articles, and essays. He wasn’t limited by any genre and that allowed him to create truly outstanding works that are still relevant in the 21st century and will be just as important to the readers in the days to come.
He ran several periodicals and loved to speak and perform in public. His speeches inspired people, his novels made them believe in themselves, and his social satire is still something to admire. Ever the dreamer and the freedom fighter, Dickens was a big fan of traveling to other countries and walking around the streets early in the morning.
The man was an insomniac and he used his condition as the perfect opportunity to learn more about the cities, the residents, and the traditions. The Sketches by Boz was the writer’s first breakthrough in the literary world. It was a collection of short stories that were equally funny, smart, witty and thought-provoking.
The First Breakthrough By Charles Dickens
The Sketches first saw the light of day in 1833. Dickens put a lot of effort into creating it, and most of the critics called his first major work worth a reader’s while. They praised him for being able to talk about sophisticated things in plain and simple English, without making the working-class folks feel like they can’t understand a word he’s saying.
That’s actually one of the hardest tasks for any writer – to speak about sophisticated things while making his/her words heard by an audience as wide as possible. Overall, there were 56 sketches and he published them in several journals and periodicals during the 1833-36 period.
This isn’t the master’s most popular release, but the true fans sure do appreciate the fact that Dickens was still making his first step towards international fame when he printed the Sketches. The master was never happy with what his fellow low-class folks had to put up with and used his strong voice and literary talent to become some kind of a champion for the hard-working people.
The Advocate Of The Poor, The Champion Of The Hard Workers
He contributed to his own magazines, journals, and other periodicals, talking about politics, the current affairs and the steps that the government had to take in order to improve the working and living conditions of its citizens. Dickens was a just and reasonable man who was able to see the world for what it truly was.
He wrote many essays and articles about the importance of coming together and joining forces against the greatest challenge of the XIX century – poverty. The citizens of the United Kingdom had to work for 12 hours in the most horrifying circumstances, even though their country was one of the mightiest empires on planet Earth.
Corruption, social segregation, injustice – he talked about it in the Miscellaneous Papers and the publications in All Year Round. Summing up, it’s worth mentioning that even though there are many short and full-length stories/novels in the Articles and Essays section, you’ll mostly find Dickens’s non-fictional articles and notes here.are many short and full-length stories/novels in the Articles and Essays section, you’ll mostly find Dickens’s non-fictional articles and notes here.
Speaking The Truth And Raising Awareness
Most of them never got the recognition they deserved, but, thankfully, after the writer became an internationally-famed person, all of his previous publications were brought to his loyal readers. For example, in Sunday Under Three Heads, he argues that nobody can make people follow certain religious rules.
Furthermore, as long as the rich are running the show, the poor will never get the rest, the comfort and the respect they most certainly deserve. This pamphlet made a lot of noise when it came out, once again proving that Dickens knew exactly what to talk about to get the people of his time excited and thrilled.
Yes, he never cared about his enemies in the country’s elite or the journalists that used to criticize him for being too bias to the low social class. He couldn’t rest until he expressed his opinion about many things that concerned his caring heart, and that is how we remember Charles Dickens – a legendary writer and a man with a vociferous voice.
So, pick a certain topic you like and see what Dickens had to say about it. Even if you won’t understand half of what he’s saying because of the huge differences between the 19th and the 21st century, the man’s messages will, without a doubt, make an impression on you.
In Reprinted Pieces, you’ll find his contributions to the Household Words. The greatest thing about them – one can clearly see that the writer used the short stories format to work on his future characters and plot twists in the full-length novels.
This collection doesn’t include any of Dickens’s notable works. On the other hand, if you’re a fan and want to read every last thing he wrote, it will feel like a treasure chest for you.