Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812. He spent the first nine years of his life in Kent, England. When he was nine, his family moved to London. He was one of eight children and his family was deep in financial troubles. These financial troubles caused him to be withdrawn from school in 1824 and begin work in a boot-blacking factory when his entire family, except for Charles, was sent to a debtor’s prison for 3 months. After they were released, Dickens attended a private school for three years. After his education he became a solicitor’s clerk, mastered shorthand, and then became a Parliamentary reporter. In his early twenties Dickens began to publish stories and sketches of London life in a variety of periodicals. (Jones)
The first novel that brought Dickens any sense of “fame” was The Pickwick Papers. Dickens wrote stories at a remarkable pace and often worked on more than one novel at once. At first he would publish them as monthly installments, then as books. His early novels include, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, and A Christmas Carol brought his popularity up at the time. However, in his late thirties he published David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and Our Mutual Friend. These novels represented his “social criticism that became biting, his dark humor, and his darker still view of poverty.” (Jones)
Dickens was married to Catherine Hogarth for twenty-three years. However, their marriage ended when he fell in love with the young actress Ellen Ternan. The end of his life was very active. He spent his time writing, managing amateur theatricals, and undertaking several reading tours that reinforced the public’s favorab…
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