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Dickens' Best Characters

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Dickens' Characters
Alphabetical cross-linked list of more than 400 Dickens' characters:

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Bumble the beadle by Kyd

Dickens' characters are some of the most memorable in fiction. Often these characters were based on people that he knew: Wilkins Micawber and William Dorrit (his father), 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 dwarf chiropodist.

Characters such as Scrooge (miserly) and Pecksniff (hypocritically affecting benevolence) became defining terms in everyday vernacular.

Dickens' friend and biographer, John Forster, said that Dickens made "characters real existences, not by describing them but by letting them describe themselves."

Names of Dickens' characters are some of the most unique in fiction. Characters such as Sweedlepipe, Honeythunder, Bumble, Pumblechook, and M'Choakumchild are recognizable as Dickensian even by those unfamiliar with the stories.

According to John R. Greenfield, in his Dictionary of British Literary Characters, Dickens created 989 named characters during his career. The list below represents only a portion of the characters in Dickens' works and is not meant to be all-inclusive.

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