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Charles Dickens

(1812-1870)

English Author
The man who flooded England with Pickwick...

In 1824, when John Dickens - the father of Charles - found himself imprisoned for debt, Charles was put to hard work at Warren's Blacking factory. Charles ' mother and the other Dickens children joined Charles' father in the Marshalsea prison.

After his father had been released, the young Dickens was deeply wounded by his mother's attitude, requiring him to continue his hard job at the Blacking factory.


In October of 1843, when he started to write A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens was at thirty-one the successful author of Sketches by Boz, The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, and American Notes.


His wife Catherine was expecting their fifth child.


Initially, the introduction of Sam Weller into the fourth number of Pickwick Papers (1836-37) had launched the most popular literary career.

Pickwick Papers became a sensation. Forty thousand copies of each issue were sold out. England had been flooded by Pickwick.


Dickens' novelist career had started while he was working as a very successful reporter, writing semi-fictional sketches for magazines, eventually publishing them as Sketches by Boz.


Although his novels were best-sellers, money had always been a worry for Dickens.

On the other hand, he was an outgoing, playful man who loved games and parties.

Dickens began Dombey and Son in 1847, in Switzerland. The Battle of Life appeared in December 1848. By then, Dombey and Son had been achieved together with an autobiographical fragment, and his last Christmas book, The Haunted Man.

1849-1850 saw the birth of David Copperfield, at a time where Dickens had founded the weekly Household Words and become an editor himself. The successor, in 1859, was All The Year Round, which Dickens edited until his death.

1851 found him at work on Bleak House, which appeared monthly from 1852 until September 1853.

In 1853 he traveled around Italy with Augustus Egg and Wilkie Collins.

Upon his return to England, Dickens gave the first of many public readings from his own works.


Hard Times began to appear weekly in Household Words in 1854, and continued until August.

In 1855 Dickens began Little Dorrit, which continued until June 1857. In 1856 ,together with Wilkie Collins The Frozen Deep was created, and Dickens acquired the Gad's Hill estate, one of his childhood's dreams.

After Dickens's theatrical company had performed The Frozen Deep for the Queen, Dickens fell in love with a young actress named Ellen Ternan, who had joined the cast.

In 1858, in London, Dickens undertakes his first public readings and quarrels with his old friend and rival Thackeray. The same year, after a long period of difficulties, Dickens separates from his wife.

In 1859, Dickens creates All the Year Round , a weekly journal. To secure the launching, the first installment of A Tale of Two Cities is included in the inaugural issue. Set in the time of the French Revolution, this novel explores the potentials of revolutionary violence which Dickens had exposed in Barnaby Rudge.

After he had re-read David Copperfield, the most autobiographical of his novels, Dickens began Great Expectations, which appeared weekly until August 1861.

Dickens began writing Our Mutual Friend in 1864, until November 1865, a time where Dickens was in poor health, due largely to overwork.

Also, a railway accident had just occurred upon Dickens and Ellen Ternan's returning from a Paris holiday. A number of people were injured and Dickens was himself greatly disturbed, both psychologically and physically.

Death struck the great novelist Charles Dickens at work, when, after a full day on Edwin Drood, he suffered a mild stroke in June 1870.

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Pet animals were named after characters of the novel...
... while Pickwick hats, cigars, and coats surged up...
Carlyle tells Forster the story of a clergyman who, after comforting someone in the hospital, was surprised to hear him exclaim "Well, Thank God, Pickwick will be out in ten days anyway!"

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens