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age

age  

The duration of time a person has lived. Age is conventionally defined from the time of birth, which counts as zero, and is measured in completed years of life. For some purposes, age is measured ...
amusements and recreation

amusements and recreation  

Dickens had a profound interest in popular recreation, and reference to it suffuses his early fiction and his journalism throughout his life. His basic philosophy can be found in the ...
Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights  

Also referred to as The Thousand and One Nights, or Alf layla wa layla, The Arabian Nights is a collection of highly entertaining tales that have traveled easily from one ...
Baby and Child Care

Baby and Child Care  

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The paediatrician Benjamin Spock’s Commonsense Book of Baby and Child Care was first published by Pocket Books in 1946. In the same year, the 25c. paperback edition was published as ...
birth

birth  

Syn: parturition. Delivery of an infant capable of independent existence, an event that occurs naturally when the cervix is fully dilated, at which stage the uterine, abdominal, and pelvic muscles ...
child welfare

child welfare  

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a range of socio-economic changes, including a decline in family size, the growth of industry, urbanization, immigration, and the expansion of public ...
Christmas

Christmas  

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The commemoration of Christ's nativity. The earliest mention of its being celebrated on 25 Dec. is in the Philocalian Calendar, which represents Roman practice in 336. The date was probably chosen to ...
Christmas stories

Christmas stories  

Collective title of stories, sketches, and essays written by Dickens for Christmas numbers of Household Words (1850–8) and All the Year Round (1859–67), in a few cases in collaboration with Wilkie ...
David Copperfield

David Copperfield  

A novel by Dickens, published 1849–50. ‘Of all my books,’ wrote Dickens, ‘I like this the best.’ It is (in some of its details) Dickens's veiled autobiography.David Copperfield is born at ...
demographics

demographics  

Statistics that describe the characteristics of a population, such as age, sex, race, family size, income, and location of residence.
Domesticity

Domesticity  

“Domesticity” refers to a passion for family and home life, a political and social ideology once endorsed with such fervor that for the nineteenth century it has frequently been described ...
education

education  

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The systematic instruction of individuals in subjects which will enhance their knowledge of the science and art of war.
emancipation

emancipation  

N.1 the action or process of setting free, especially from legal, social, or political restrictions.2 the action or process of delivering from slavery.
fairy tales

fairy tales  

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A traditional folktale adapted and written down for the entertainment of children, usually featuring marvellous events and characters, although fairies as such are less often found in them than ...
family

family  

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Family bible a bible designed to be used at family prayers, typically one with space on its flyleaves for recording important family events.the family that prays together, stays together motto ...
Gender

Gender  

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It is important to understand gender as different from sexuality. Sexuality concerns physical and biological differences that distinguish males from females. Cultures construct differences in gender. ...
George Orwell

George Orwell  

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1903–1950)British novelist and essayist.Orwell was born in India, where his father was in the Bengal Civil Service. After leaving Eton (1921), he joined the Imperial Police in Burma for five years. ...
health, illness, and disability

health, illness, and disability  

Health, individual and social, was a fundamental concern both in Dickens's writings and in many of his personal crusades. It is hardly an original theme: afflictions of the body are ...
infancy

infancy  

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In lay usage, an imprecisely defined period from birth to the age when a child is toilet trained and/or can feed, dress, and wash without the help of a parent or older sibling. Statistically the term ...
initiation

initiation  

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Includes the set of rituals which transforms girls and boys into adults. (See also eleusis; mystery cults.) In Greece, these rituals were the combined product of the Indo‐European heritage and ...

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