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A Guide For Creative Thinking

Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:12 am by BHSoft

A Guide For Creative Thinking by Brian Tracy
Einstein once said, “Every child is born a genius.” But the reason why most people do not function at genius levels is because they are not aware of how creative and smart they really are.I call it the “Schwarzenegger effect.” No one would look at a person such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and think how lucky he is to have been born with such …

Africain Literature

Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:15 pm by Lily

Things Fall Apart is a 1959 English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. It is a staple book in schools throughout Africa and widely read and studied in English-speaking countries around the world. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, and one of the first African novels written in English to receive global critical acclaim. The title of the novel comes from [url=]

Algeria's Newspapers ...

Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:11 pm by Lily

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Algerian Vote

Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:39 pm by Lily

Algerians are voting in a presidential election which opposition groups have described as a charade.

American English

Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:00 pm by Maria

Going to is pronounced GONNA when it is used to show the future. But it is never reduced when it means going from one place to another.

We're going to grab a bite to eat. = We're gonna grab a bite to eat.
I'm going to the office tonight. = I'm going to the office tonight.

2. Want to and want a are both pronounced WANNA and wants to is pronounced WANSTA. Do you want to can also be reduced …

American Slangs

Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:54 pm by Maria

airhead: stupid person.
"Believe it or not, Dave can sometimes act like an airhead!"

amigo: friend (from Spanish).
"I met many amigos at Dave's ESL Cafe."

ammunition: toilet paper.
"Help! We're completely out of ammunition!"

antifreeze: alcohol.
"I'm going to need a lot of antifreeze tonight!"

armpit: dirty, unappealing place.

An Introduction to the British Civilization

Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:54 am by Maria

University of Batna First Year
English Department G: 6-7-8-9
General Culture

[center]An Introduction to the British Civilization

*The United Kingdom :

Full Name : The UK's full and official name is the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

Location: The United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country …

Announcements and News

Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:55 am by Lily

"Dear students , we would like to inform you that , from now on , your marks can be consulted through your Website ...Let's surf ! bounce bounce Wink

Applying for Research Study in the Department of English

Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:32 pm by Lily

Applying for Research Study in the Department of English

The process of applying for a research studentship begins with the identification of a potential supervisor. If you already know a staffmember who is willing to work with you to develop a research proposal,please start by contacting them. If you do not have a supervisor inmind already, …

    Charles Dickens


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    Charles Dichens

    Post by Lily on Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:56 pm

    Author Biography
    From the time he was twenty-one, Charles Dickens knew he would not be the great actor he had imagined, nor even the journalist he next attempted to be. Instead, he felt he was destined to become a great novelist. He not only had experiences with the same joys and tragedies his characters would have, but he also had the great talent to make his readers feel and see all these experiences in detail. The second of eight children of John and Elizabeth Dickens, Charles was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, England. His early childhood was a happy one. Though plagued by frequent illnesses, his first years were also filled with exciting stories told to him by his parents and his nurse.
    However, when Dickens was twelve, his family moved to London, where his father was imprisoned for debts he could not pay.Charles was forced to go to work pasting labels on bottles at a bootblack factory. Although this job lasted less than a year, he often felt hungry and abandoned, especially compared to his sister Frances,who continued studying at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was winning awards. For Dickens, the injustice was almost more than he could stand, and his suffering was multiplied by his mother's delight about the job that he always remembered with hatred.

    Although his critics are the first to say that Great Expectations is not directly autobiographical, Dickens' own words tell us that he resented having to work in the factory, where he dreamed of the better life he felt he deserved, much as Pip is eager to leave Joe's forge.Also, Dickens' essay "Travelling Abroad" describes a small boy who rides in a coach with Dickens past his grand house, Gad's Hill. Although the boy in the essay does not know Dickens or that this is the great author's house, he remarks that his father has told him that hard work will earn him this house, which Dickens had also admired for years before finally being able to afford it in 1856. Dickens' familiarity with youthful expectations and later-life remembrances of them are clear in this reflection.
    Likewise, Dickens' first love for Maria Beadnell so impressed him by its horrible failure that even years later he could barely speak of it to his friend and biographer, John Forster.All that Dickens had written about her he later burned. He believed that Maria had rejected him because of social class differences, since Dickens had not yet established his writing career at the time and Maria's father was a banker. Decades later, his character Miss Havisham would burn, shooting up flames twice her size, in compensation for her cold heart.
    Dickens' marriage to Catherine (Kate) Hogarth, the daughter of a newspaper editor, in 1836 produced ten children. Their union ended in separation in 1858, however. By the time Great Expectations was published in 1860, Dickens had known his mistress Ellen Teman — an actress he had met when he became interested in the stage — for several years, and he established a separate household in which he lived with Ternan. It would not be until after the author's death, however, that Dickens' daughter would make the affair public. Teman was twenty-seven years younger than Dickens, a fact that resembles the age difference between the happy, later-life couple Joe and Biddy in Great Expectations.Dickens protected his privacy because he was worried about his reputation as a respected writer and the editor of Household Words,a family magazine. Such turmoil and ecstasy in Dickens' intimate relationships have since been compared to the misery and bliss of couples in his novels.
    If anything, Dickens' descriptions of suffering were and still are his chief endearing quality to readers who find them both realistic and empathetic. Beginning with Bleak House in 1852, Dickens is widely acknowledged to have entered a "Dark Period"of writing. Yet he seemed to enjoy his continuing popularity with readers and to ignore his critics' remarks that his stories were too melodramatic. While readers have long accepted that tendency, they have also warmed to Dickens' love of humor.
    Critics suggest that the part of Dickens' life that is most reflected in A Tale of Two Cities is his personal relationships with his wife and Ellen Ternan. In 1855,he reestablished contact with his childhood sweetheart Maria Beadnell,but he was very disappointed with their meeting and depicted his disillusionment in the 1857 novel Little Dorrit. A quarrel with his publishers Bradbury & Evans over his mistress's reputation led Dickens to turn to a new publishing house, Chapman & Hall, to publish A Tale of Two Cities. Some critics suggest that Dickens' depiction of Lucie Manette in A Tale of Two Cities and the behavior of the two principal characters, Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay, toward her, reflects his own attitude toward Ternan.
    Dickens died of a brain aneurysm in June 1870. Although he had expressly wished to be buried at his country home, Gad's Hill, his request was disregarded, apparently owing to his fame. Instead, he was buried in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey, London.

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    Charles Dickens

    Post by Maria on Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:31 pm

    Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens was one of the most influential and greatest novelists/writers ever born during the Victorian era. He was born on 7 February 1812 in Land port (Portsea), Hampshire to John Dickens who was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and Charles’s his mother's name was Elizabeth. Charles was second of the eight children in the Dickens family.

    Charles’s family moved to London In 1814, when he was just two years and. Further after two years in 1816, the Dickens family settled at Kingdom of Kent where Charles spent early years of his childhood. His parents taught him reading and writing and also helped in development of his intellectual capabilities. From early age of his childhood, Charles was interested in reading books and had his own small collection of books in his room. He read books of Robinson Crusoe, Roderick Random, Humphrey Clinker, and Don Quixote etc.

    Charles attended a school at Clover Lane, Chatham for about two years after which his family moved to Bayham Street, Camden Town. Charles was admitted to a new school at Camden Town, which had its own strict rules and regulations. Near 1822-23, economical condition of his family worsened and he was forced to discontinue his schooling. He was sent to earn money in a blacking warehouse, Hungerford Market, London for about two year. His family was kept in Marshalea debtor's prison. During the last two years of labor, Charles faced humiliation, evil social treatment, and other poor social condition etc. that incited him against the situation he was living in.

    Further in 1824, Charles studied at Wellington House Academy, London for next two years and in 1827 he attended Mr. Dawson's School. During the period from 1827 to 28, he worked as an office boy at a Law Office. During this time, Charles never gave up his interest of reading, and always managed to get some time out for reading after work. From 1830, he worked as a shorthand reporter at Doctor's Commons. Being a reporter at 19, Charles became a perfectionist and was known for his accurate reports. Charles became parliamentary reporter and worked for True Son, next he worked for Mirror of Parliament, a magazine and a chronicle (two years each). While working as reporter Charles wrote short stories, essays and drew sketches. His comic character Mr. Pickwick appeared in papers and became very popular, bringing Charles a very high reputation in 1836, in the same year, he was married to Catherine who was a daughter of George Hogarth.

    From 1837 till 1841, Charles took on writing novels, but his novels were published in small parts instead of whole of a novel at a time. He wrote novels like Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickelby and Old Curiosity Shop. From 1841 to 1860, Charles wrote few more novels, which were very much based on his personal experience. David Copperfield, Bleak House, and ‘A Tale of Two Cities Great Expectations’ etc. are among his famous work during that period. He also took part in protests and campaigns against social injustice, hypocrisy in the society and wrote stories, pamphlets and plays in that context. Till 1868, he traveled to many places and gave lectures in US and England. While doing all this, he continued his work and wrote numerous novels, books and plays. His work includes fiction, mystery, satirical writing on the social condition etc. He died on June,1870 at Gadshill place.

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