Portrait of Charles Dickens.  Author of twenty-eight books, eight plays and operettas, as well as a contributor of scores of articles to periodicals and newspapers, Dickens was a prolific writer.  This, together with his performances as an actor and his reading tours in England and America, not only enhanced his tremendous popularity, but enabled him to amass an estate of over one hundred thousand pounds, a considerable sum in 1870.  Dickens's popularity continues today with dramatizations of his work on the stage, in films, television and musicals; “Oliver!” won an Academy Award, and at Christmas A Christmas Carol is enacted in school auditoriums and on television.  Dickensian words are recognized in Webster’s Dictionary: “Scrooge” for miser; “Micawberish” for indigent; and “Pecksniffian” for hypocrite.  A lasting legacy.