overview Birth Early years Education Career work
BIRTH He was born On 7th February 1812 At Portsea in England He was the son of John Dickens and Elizabeth He was the second of eight children
Early Years His father ended up in prison because he had a lot of debts Charles left school and had to work when he was a child His family moved first to London in 1823, then to Chatham and back to London
Dickens house inLondon at 48Doughty Street.Now is CharlesDickens’ museum.
A good reader He read a lot of novels of important authors: Smollette, Fielding, Le Sage These readings had an important influence on his works
Early Career He became a junior clerk in a solicitor’s office in 1827 He learnt shorthand and became a reporter in 1829
Marriage He married Catherine Thomson in 1836 They had 10 children Their marriage ended in separation in 1858
Writing Career Published Sketches by Boz in The Monthly Magazine They were a success. “Boz” was his pen name He wrote The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick clubfrom April 1836 to 1837 It established his fame for all time Dickens became a busy and successful novelist
Oliver Twist in 1838 About a boy named Oliver Twist who escapes from a workhouse and meets a gang of pickpockets in London
A Christmas Carol in 1843 About an old, rich and mean man
David Copperfield in 1849 •His masterpiece •Originally appeared in serial form •The most autobiographical of all his novels
A Tale of Two Cities in 1859 Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With 200 million copies sold, it is the most printed original English book.
And more works… Bleak House in 1852 Little Dorrit in 1855 Great Expectations in 1860 Our Mutual Friend in 1864
He died from a cerebral stroke inDeath 1870 He was buried in Westminster Abbey.
His interest in Social Reform His novels explained the problems of his time: Workhouses Poor children School Work in factories …