For nearly two centuries, Charles Dickens' colorful characters and memorable expressions have worked their way into the vernacular. The prolific 19th-century English novelist left behind 989 named characters and two dozen novels full of the pathos and comedy of London's rich and poor.
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Charles Dickens with daughters Katey and Mary in the garden at Gad's Hill Place in Higham, Kent - home of Dickens' family from 1858 until his death in one of the rooms in 1870.
Charles is an inspiration to hipsters everywhere.