Who is Charles Dickens?Charles John Huffam Dickens is one ofthe most famous English novelists ofthe Victorian period.
When did he live?Dickens was born at No. 1 Mile EndTerrace, Landport, Portsmouth England onFriday, February 7th, 1812He died at Poet’s Corner, WestminsterAbbey, London on Thursday, 18th June,1870His parents were John Dickens(1785-1851)being his Father and Elizabeth Dickens(1789-1836)
When did Dickenswrite all his books? Sketches by Boz (1836) David Copperfield (1849-50) Pickwick Papers (1836-37) Bleak House (1852-53) Oliver Twist (1837-39) Hard Times (1854) Nicholas Nickleby (1838-39) Little Dorrit (1855-57) The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41) A Tale of Two Cities (1859) Barnaby Rudge (1841) Great Expectations (1860-61) Christmas Carol (1843) Our Mutual Friend (1864-65) Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-44) The Mystery of Edwin Drood - unfinished (1870) Dombey and Son (1846-48)
Where did Charles live?After he was born his family moved to NorfolkStreet, Bloomsbury, until he was Four, soonafter that the Dickens moved to Chatham, Kent.He was there until he was 11. They moved toCamden Town, London because of Financialdifficulties they were having. John Dickenswas imprisoned in Marshelsea Debtor’s Prisonin Southwark, London in 1824. ElizabethDickens and their youngest child joined himsoon after. Charles Dickens at the age of 12he was boarded with an old friend.
What did Dickens do?Charles Dickens was a english novelistand social critic Apart from writingbooks Charles Dickens worked in awarehouse that handled shoe polishwhen he was 12 after his father wasjailed. He also worked as a office boyat an attorney, a shorthand reporterin the courts and later asparliamentary and newspaper reporter.
How did he become famous?Dickens became a reporter atParliament and then published thePickwick Papers in a chapter or partof a literary work presented seriallybefore it appeared in book form.Sketches by Boz followed and as newnovels appeared Dickens became a well-loved author on both sides of theAtlantic.
Why is he so famous? Reading a novel by Charles Dickens was an essential part of schooling. Either the abridged versions such as the Christmas tale of Uncle Scrooge in early classes or full fledged novels like Great Expectations or Hard Times at the intermediate levels, the English literature syllabus in most schools meant you had to read Dickens at some point.Today the average Dickensian novel might appear to bean anachronism but the works of the great authorhelped provide an important insight into what earlyindustrialisation marked for Britain.