February 4, 2012 11:38 PM

Two hundred years after his birth, writer Charles Dickens has film, TV significance

Two hundred years after the birth of Charles Dickens on Feb. 7, 1812, his cultural relevance lives on. Because as enduring as Dickens’ idealized characters (the best of times), are his social critiques. Here, 12 passages exhibit the novelist’s talent for gut-wrenching gloom.

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