v. 12. Hard times for these times. Pictures from Italy. Mrs. Lirriper's lodgings. Mrs. Lirriper's legacy . The Original Books Collection. Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic who is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of theVictorian period and the creator of some of the world's most memorable fictional characters.