Charles Dickens

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 Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7th February1812 in Landport, Portsmouth. His parents were Elizabeth Dickens and John Dickens. Charles Dickens was second of eight children. His siblings were Frances Dickens. Alfred Dickens, Laetitia Mary Dickens, Harriet Dickens, Frederick William Dickens, Alfred Lamert Dickens, Augustus Newnham Dickens.

After Charles was born his family moved to Norfolk Street, Bloomsbury, and then when he was four they moved to Chatham, Kent. He spent his some of his childhood there until he was eleven. Charles Dickens liked spending time outdoors and reading books, especially picaresque novels of Tobias Smollett and Henry Fielding. His father’s short period as a clerk in the Navy Pay Office gave him a few years of private education. The Dickens’s family then moved to Camden Town, London because of financial issues in 1822. In 1824 on 9th February Charles Dickens was sent to work at Warren’s Blacking Factory. That same month Charles father was sentenced to Marshalsea Prison for his failure to repay a debt. John Dickens soon received an inheritance and was able to pay of his debts. By June 1824 Charles was able to go back to school at Wellington House Academy.

Charles Dickens wrote twenty novels, over a dozen short stories, and several non-fiction books. Some novels he write are The Pickwick Papers (1837), The Adventures of Oliver Twist (1839), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1839), A Christmas Carol (1844), The Battle of Life (1846), David Copperfield (1850), Bleak House (1853), The Tale of Two City (1859), Great Expectations (1861), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870). Dickens died before he could finish The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Charles Dickens got married to Catherine Hogarth in April, 1836. They had 10 children but also had 5 miscarriages. In1841 the couple travelled to Scotland and in 1842 they travelled to America. But soon Dickens got unhappy with Catherine and his marriage so he...
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