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Dickens, Charles (1812–70)   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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(1812–70),

novelist and writer, arguably the greatest novelist of the Victorian age. His early writings drew on

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(1800–90)British public health reformer. A friend and disciple of Jeremy Bentham, he was the architect of the Poor Law Amendment Act (1834). His report for the royal commission set up in 1833 to ...
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