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A biography of charles dickens a popular english novelist

The popularity of his novels and short stories during his lifetime and to the present is demonstrated by the fact that none have ever gone out of print. Dickens played a major role in popularising the serialised novel. He is remembered by many as the greatest writer of his time.

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When he was five, the family moved to Chatham, Kent. When he was ten, the family relocated to Camden Town in London. His early years were an idyllic time.

Charles Dickens

He thought himself then as a "very small and not-over-particularly-taken-care-of boy". He spent his time outdoors, reading voraciously with a particular fondness for the picaresque novels of Tobias Smollett and Henry Fielding.

He talked later in life of his extremely strong memories of childhood and his continuing photographic memory of people and events that helped bring his fiction to life.

Charles Dickens biography

At the age of twelve, Dickens was deemed old enough to work and began working for ten hours a day in Warren's boot-blacking factory, located near the present Charing Cross railway station. He spent his time pasting labels on the jars of thick polish and earned six shillings a week.

1812 - 1870

With this money, he had to pay for his lodging and help to support his family, which was incarcerated in the nearby Marshalsea debtors' prison. After a few years, his family's financial situation improved, partly due to money inherited from his father's family.

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His family was able to leave the Marshalsea, but his mother did not immediately remove him from the boot-blacking factory, which was owned by a relation of hers. Dickens never forgave his mother for this and resentment of his situation and the conditions under which working-class people lived became major themes of his Works.

  • There is no simple key to so prolific and multifarious an artist nor to the complexities of the man, and interpretation of both is made harder by his possessing and feeling the need to exercise so many talents besides his imagination;
  • Those were the most unhappy days of all Charles ' life;
  • Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, part 2Clifton Fadiman providing a critical interpretation of the story and probing more deeply into the relationships between the major characters of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations;
  • Yet he managed to do it without making himself hated, and, more he has become a national institution himself… Dickens seems to have succeeded in attacking everybody and antagonizing nobody;
  • Few public meetings in a benevolent cause are without him.

Dickens told his biographer John Forster, "No advice, no counsel, no encouragement, no consolation, no support from anyone that I can call to mind, so help me God! He did not like the law as a profession and after a short time as a court stenographer he became a journalist, reporting parliamentary debate and travelling Britain by stagecoach to cover election campaigns.

  • At the age of twelve, Dickens was deemed old enough to work and began working for ten hours a day in Warren's boot-blacking factory, located near the present Charing Cross railway station;
  • Particularly in 1850—52 and during the Crimean War , he contributed many items on current political and social affairs; in later years he wrote less—much less on politics—and the magazine was less political, too;
  • Pecksniff , and Scrooge are some others;
  • He achieved this through his vivid memory of the various people he had met through his life, but also he added a touch of fantasy and exaggeration with his vivid descriptive style;
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His journalism formed his first collection of pieces The Pickwick Papers. On 2 April 1836, he married Catherine Hogarth, with whom he was to have ten children, and set up home in Bloomsbury. His ten children by Catherine Thompson Hogarth were: