Top image:Still from the 1938 film A Christmas Carol with Leo G. Carroll as Jacob Marley’s ghost and Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge. Bottom image: Frederick Jensen as Mr Micawber in the 1935 film David Copperfield. Micawber is said to be based on Dickens’s father. Source: The Guardian, “Charles Dickens’s characters come to life – in pictures”.
About Charles Dickens’s Characters:
Dickens’s friend and biographer, John Forster, once said that he made “characters real existences, not by describing them but by letting them describe themselves.”
T. S. Eliot observed that “Dickens’s figures belong to poetry, like figures of Dante or Shakespeare, in that a single phrase, either by them or about them, may be enough to set them wholly before us.”
Sir Leicester Dedlock - from Bleak House - is a fuddy-duddy hereditary knight but Charles Dickens’s makes you respect him. He is the nineteenth in the Telegraph pick of the best Charles Dickens characters.
Google is celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens with a special Google Doodle featuring all of the author’s most important characters. But what would those characters — say, Ebenezer Scrooge or Oliver Twist — be like in the present day?
Opening a year-long celebration marking the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth, a guide in words and pictures to some of the most vivid personalities in literature, from Miss Havisham to Mr Micawber, the Artful Dodger to Little Nell. Buy the Observer on Sunday to get a large wall-friendly version
Charles Dickens is a genuine national treasure, his works read by millions and the television adaptations usually ratings hits. But his novels and characters are also ripe for satire, says Gareth Edwards.