Charles Dickens

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Date of Birth February 7, 1812
Place of Birth Hampshire, England
Date of Death Jun 9, 1870 (58)
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Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century, critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are still widely read today. Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed readings extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms. Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers.

Born: Charles John Huffam Dickens, February 7, 1812, Landport, Hampshire, England
Died: June 9, 1870, Higham, Kent, England
Resting place: Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, England
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: British
Notable works: The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations
Partner: Ellen Ternan, (1857–1870, his death)
Children: Charles Dickens Jr, Mary Dickens, Kate Perugini, Walter Landor Dickens, Francis Dickens, Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens, Sydney Smith Haldimand Dickens, Henry Fielding Dickens, Dora Annie Dickens, Edward Dickens
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About Charles Dickens

Renowned 19th-century English author whose best known works include Oliver Twist, Bleak House, and A Christmas Carol. He created some of the most memorable characters in fiction, became known for his acute social satire, and is generally considered to be the most significant novelist of the Victorian era.

Before Fame

He left school at a young age to work in a factory, due to his father's imprisonment in the debtors' jail. He quickly overcame his family history and, by the time he published his first serial, The Pickwick Papers (in 1836), he was well on his way to international literary fame.


In works like A Tale of Two Cities, he advocated for social reform by depicting the disparity between rich and poor.

Family Life

He was one of eight children born to John and Elizabeth Dickens on Portsea Island, off the coast of England. He married Catherine Thomson Hogarth in April of 1836 following a one-year engagement. He had a total of ten children.


His novel Oliver Twist was adapted into a play starring celebrated child actor Dickie Moore.

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