An alphabetical list of more than 400 of Dickens's characters - which book they were in, what Dickens said about them etc etc.
Charles Dickens's characters are some of the most memorable in fiction. Often these characters were based on people that he knew: characters like Wilkins Micawber and William Dorrit (his father), and Mrs. Nickleby (his mother). In a few instances Dickens based the character too closely on the original and got into trouble, as in the case of Harold Skimpole in Bleak House (based on Leigh Hunt) and Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield (based on his wife's chiropodist). Characters such as Scrooge (miserly) and Pecksniff (hypocritical) became defining terms in everyday English, and remained in use for a hundred years or more. Dickens's friend and biographer, John Forster, said that Dickens made 'characters real existences, not by describing them but by letting them describe themselves'. According to John R. Greenfield, in his Dictionary of British Literary Characters, Dickens created 989 named characters during his career. The list in this web represents the best-known.
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