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Charles Dickens

Nationality: British
Profession: Novelist, Poet, Playwright, Social Critic
From: February 7, 1812 To June 9, 1870
58 Years

AboutCharles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born on 7 February 1812, Landport in Portsea Island. His father name was John Dickens who was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district. His mother name was Elizabeth Dickens. Catherine Dickens was his former spouse and the couple had ten children. The family relocated to Sheerness, and thence to Chatham, Kent, when Charles was at age of four here he spent his formative years until the age of 11. In 1823 he was arrested for debt and Charles had to start working in a factory, labeling bottles for six shillings a week. Due to his hard work his family recovered financially and he became able to join school. After leaving school, he started to work in a solicitor's office. During his childhood he spent his time in outdoors but he was also interested in studying different books including, the picaresque novels of Tobias Smollett and Henry Fielding, as well as Robinson Crusoe and Gil Blas. He used to write his memories of childhood and events in his many writings. In 1836 his first novel was published, "The Pickwick Papers". This novel was a great success for him and was followed by many other novels "Oliver Twist" (1837), "Nicholas Nickleby" (1838-39) and "Barnaby Rudge" (1841). In 1858 he divorced his wife Catherine, who had borne him ten children. He wrote many novels, books and quotes. His most interesting quote is given below, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.” He died in June 9, 1870 leaving his last novel, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", uncompleted which was later published posthumously.

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