Charles Dickens: Short Biography

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was a highly acclaimed 19th century British author who wrote twenty novels, short story and poetry collections and plays.

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 in Portsmouth, England. His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, but often had financial difficulties. In 1824, when Charles was only twelve, his father was imprisoned for debt. Charles was sent to a shoe factory to work and support his family.

Eventually Charles’ father got out of debtor’s prison, and Charles was fortunate enough to attend school. However, his family’s financial difficulties forced him to leave school again in 1827, at which time he became a law clerk.

Dickens’ first book was published in serial form in a magazine in 1836. In the same year he married Catherine Hogarth. They had ten children together.

Charles Dickens wrote profusely, gaining a great deal of fame throughout Europe until his death in 1870 from cerebral hemorrhage in 1870. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Click Here for a review of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Click Here for a letter from Hans Christian Andersen to Charles Dickens

Merriman, C.D. Charles Dickens. 2006. Web. 18 Dec. 2010 <>.


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