The best Charles Dickens characters
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens this month, a host of Telegraph writers pick their favourite Dickens character.
Charles Dickens, whose 200th anniversary is being celebrated this month, still has a remarkable appeal for readers and writers alike. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Thomas Hardy, Edgar Allan Poe and Somerset Maugham are among the writers who have lavished praised on a master storyteller, of whom T.S. Eliot wrote: “Charles Dickens excelled in character; in the creation of characters of greater intensity than human beings.”
Dickens was born on 7 February 1812 in Portsmouth and to celebrate his double centenary we have asked 29 Telegraph writers to pick their favourite Dickens character and we will be publishing one every day online throughout February. The series starts today with Music Critic Neil McCormick's appreciation of Pip, the hero of Great Expectations.
"My favourite Charles Dickens character" will include:
• Sydney Carton (A Tale Of Two Cities) by Patrick Smith
• Bazzard (The Mystery Of Edwin Drood) by Philip Womack
• The Artful Dodger (Oliver Twist) by Andrew Marszal
• Ninetta Crummles (Nicholas Nickleby) by Sarah Crompton
• Mr Pumblechook (Great Expectations) by Andrew Pettie
• Oliver Twist (Oliver Twist) by Gaby Wood
For more information and stories on Charles Dickens see the Telegraph Charles Dickens page.