His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district.
Near Chatham, England English author, novelist, and journalist English author Charles Dickens continues to be one of the most widely read Victorian nineteenth-century novelists.
His novels describe the life and conditions of the poor and working class in the Victorian era of England, when people lived by strict rules. Charles was the second born of eight children. His father was a pay clerk in the navy office. Because of financial difficulties, the family moved about until they settled in Camden Town, a poor neighborhood in London, England.
At the age of twelve Charles worked with working-class men and boys in a factory that handled "blacking," or shoe polish. This experience of lonely hardship was the most significant event of his life.
It colored his view of the world and would later be described in a number of his novels. Charles returned to school when his father received an inheritance and was able to repay his debts.
But inat age fifteen, he was again forced leave school and work as an office boy. In the following year he became a freelance reporter and stenographer using shorthand to transcribe documents at the law courts of London.
By he had become a reporter for two London newspapers and, in the following year, began to contribute a series of impressions and sketches to other newspapers and magazines, signing some of them "Boz.
On the strength of this success Charles married Catherine Hogarth. Together they had ten children.
In Dickens, who was as popular in America as he was in England, went on a five-month lecture tour of the United States, speaking out strongly against slavery and in support of other reforms. On his return he wrote American Notes, a book that criticizes American life as being culturally backward and materialistic characterized by the desire for wealth and material goods.
His next novel, Martin Chuzzlewit —describes the hero finding that survival on the American frontier is more difficult than making his way in England. First major novels After a year abroad in Italy and writing Pictures from ItalyDickens published installments of Dombey and Son, which continued till This completed novel established a new standard in the Dickensian novel and marked the turning point in his career.
As its full title indicates, Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son is a study of the influence of the values of a business society on the personal fortunes of a family and those with whom the family meets.
In Dickens began a new magazine, Household Words. His editorials and articles touched upon English politics, social institutions, and family life. The weekly magazine ran towhen Dickens began to conduct a new weekly, All the Year Round.
In both these periodicals he published some of his major novels. Ina year after he fell in love with an actress, he separated from his wife. In Bleak House —perhaps the most complicated plot of any English novel, the narrative served to create a sense of the interrelationship of all segments of English society.
In Hard TimesDickens describes an English industrial town during the height of economic expansion, and details an up-close view of the limitations of both employers and reformers. Later works In this period Dickens also began to give public readings from his novels, which became even more popular than his lectures.
Besides publishing this novel in the newly founded All the Year Round, Dickens also published seventeen articles, which appeared as a book in entitled The Uncommercial Traveller. Three years later he produced Our Mutual Friend, which provides an insight of how he viewed London. He never fully recovered from a railroad accident in He tired himself out by continuing to travel throughout the British Isles and America to read before audiences.
He gave a final series of readings in London that began in Dickens died of a fatal stroke on June 9,leaving the novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. The day of his burial was made a day of national mourning in England.Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7 February , at 1 Mile End Terrace (now Commercial Road), Landport in Portsea Island, the second of eight children of Elizabeth Dickens (née Barrow; –) and John Dickens (–).
His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district. The Life of Charles Dickens Dickens was driven to achieve success from the days of his boyhood. With little formal education, he taught himself, worked furiously at everything he undertook and rocketed to fame as a writer in his mid-twenties.
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Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England on February 7, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. He was the second of eight children. His mother had been in service to Lord Crew, and his father worked as a clerk for the Naval Pay office. John Dickens was imprisoned for debt when Charles was young.
Read a biography about the life of Charles Dickens the Victorian author whose epic stories (e.g. Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol) and vivid characters are unforgettable. Charles Dickens, in full Charles John Huffam Dickens, (born February 7, , Portsmouth, Hampshire, England—died June 9, , Gad’s Hill, near Chatham, Kent), English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era.