My personal story about
Charles Dickens’ (1812-1870) popularity remains so great that none of the novels or short stories he wrote over a hundred years ago has ever gone out of print. I can understand why.
Although it wouldn’t seem like a short, pale Englishman and a tall, dark American teenager would have that much in common, I couldn’t help but be moved by his compassion for humanity and outrage over injustice displayed in my favorite works, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations.
In many ways, his passion helped articulate my own political feelings, helping me see how universal oppression can be.
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