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848 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 19 years ago by Boredofu

Do you consider Charles Dickens to be the greatest author of the 19th century?


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19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/20/03 - 8:17:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think he is a very good writer.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/20/03 - 8:30:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think Oscar Wilde deserves that title. If he was early 20th instead, you more literary people can inform me that I am not smart.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/21/03 - 7:43:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
I havent read any of his books(I want to though) But, there was this one thread on YT and everybody kept saying The Scarlet Letter was boring. I never found what was so boring in it...
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/21/03 - 7:45:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
The Scarlet Letter is by Nathaniel Hawthorne. And I think it's boring as hell, also.

I haven't actually read anything by Charles Dickens, but my mother really loves him.

19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/21/03 - 8:00:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
The Scarlet Letter was not boring! Dickens can be though.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/21/03 - 10:02:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
Dickens may be the greatest 19th Century author. His themes are timeless and he's probably the most popular. My favorite is Mark Twain, though.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/21/03 - 12:37:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Embarrassingly, I've never read anything of his (except the kiddie's versions of Oliver Twist and David Copperfield)..
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/21/03 - 5:14:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
The only thing of his I've really enjoyed was Great Expectations.. so no I wouldn't say he's the greatest author of the 19th century.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/21/03 - 5:19:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
he was the Rowling of his day, good stories but hardly worthy of reverance
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/21/03 - 6:29:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Personally, i like Steven King.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/21/03 - 6:47:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
No.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/21/03 - 6:55:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is very subjective but I prefer Victor Hugo, Mark Twain, and Herman Melville to Dickens, and although Henry David Thoreau was not as prolific as the others, he deserves special mention.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 2:40:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
I've never really liked a Charles Dickens book, so no. I prefer Wilkie Collins.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 6:53:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd have to say that he is. "A Christmas Carol" and "A Tale of Two Cities" are timeless. Though it is very subjective of course. I love Mark Twain too, but it's hard to compare the two at all.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 6:55:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don' think any single write can be labeled the best out of 100 years of writers.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 7:04:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
He was a good writer but I have to say Great Expectations was one of the most boring books I've ever had to read.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 7:58:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
brkngspdr, I wan't aware Steven King was alive in the 19th Century.

I would agree it is impossible to pick a greatest author for a century. My favorite is Mark Twain.

19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/23/03 - 10:24:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
there's no BEST it doesn't exist there are probably a lot of un-sung writers that were much better but didn't get publication contracts yada yada, he was extremely good though.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/23/03 - 8:14:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
My preferences is for Henry James. But Charles Dickens was certainly popular. It's important to note that his novels were serialized in newspapers and magazines. They were not published nor read in novel form. So to compare him to other writers of his day is unfair.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/28/03 - 7:16:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think that is partly why I consider him to deserve the accolade of "greatest" he brought his novels to the masses much like a modern soap opera and he was able to alter the ongoing story according to public reation.

His descriptive powers were increadable to.

19 yrs ago - Saturday 9/13/03 - 2:46:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've only read one of his books, and I thought he was a great writer. However, the storyline just didn't interest me. I'd have to read another book by him to know if I really liked him. My favorite author is L.M. Montgomery.
19 yrs ago - Saturday 9/13/03 - 2:47:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. I haven't read enough of him to think that, and the things I have read aren't worthy of that title. Plus you have to take into considering the people of the 19th century that were great writers and just weren't famous.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/7/03 - 8:51:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe the greatest english author of the 19th century. I like Vernes.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/7/03 - 1:21:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've read Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Hard Times, A Christmas Carrol and an abriged version of Oliver Twist. I love all of his works. I would say that he would win with Mark Twain following shortly behind him.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/7/03 - 1:26:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Jules Verne is a contender.

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