Charles Dickens did not only build a life from becoming a literary legend, an outspoken advocate against social inequality and an everyday expression (What the Dickens?!), but he was an early pioneer in many arenas. Dickens created a shelter and academy for women who were seeking refuge from prostitution and is credited with potentially saving the lives of a group of friends after a train crash.
Before his death in 1870, Dickens had written half a manuscript of a novel titled "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", in which key plot points were never able to come full circle due to the author's demise. Yet the works that have withstood the test of time are many: "Oliver Twist," "A Tale of Two Cities" and "David Copperfield" are all considered classics. Learn more about this fascinating author's life here.