In David Copperfield , the author waves the humorous elements - personified by Mr Micawber and Betsy Trotwood - with David's own times of great happiness and tragedy. In doing so he paints a powerful picture of social conditions in Victorian England. Oliver Twist is set in the seediest quarters of 19th century lowlife London.
Charles Dickens (1812-70) was one of the leading novelists in the Victoria era, and in the entire history of English literature. He is famed for his humorous characters and dark, urban, social detail.