(1812 – 1870)
Who was Charles Dickens?
Charles Dickens was an English writer and a social critic. Dickens was born on February 7th, 1812 in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom. He was one of the eight children of John Dickens and Elizabeth Dickens. Charles Dickens had to drop out of school and with just the age of 12, he was sent to work in a warehouse that manufactured shoe polish when his father was imprisoned because he was unable to pay his debt. This caused them to move to Camden Town, a poor neighborhood in London, leaving their father in prison. For some months, he was forced to live apart from his family, when they moved in with his father. This experience of loneliness marked his life forever, as we can see it in various novels; for example, Little Dorrit, and David Copperfield. These early events left psychological and sociological effects. Charles Dickens later returned to school after an inheritance. At the age of 15, he became an office boy. From this occupation he became a free-lance reporter at the law courts of London. By the year 1832, he was a reporter for 2 London newspapers, later he started to publish sketches in other newspaper companies. Dickens publishes his first book, Sketches by Boz in 1836.
He was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office. John loved to live the good life but sometimes unable to pay for it. His money problems continued after being retired and when Charles gained fame as a writer, he ashamed his son by seeking loans from Charles friends and publishers behind his back. Charles had a warm affection for his father, even though his father had no shame with his financial issues. Charles Dicken’s illustrates his father as the character Mr. Micawber in the autobiographical novel, David Copperfield.
Charles did not have a good relationship with his mother because of all the things she did to him. He never forgave her for sending him back to work when his father returned home from jail. He used her as Mrs. Nickleby in the novel, Nicholas Nickleby.
Catherine Dickens: They met in 1834, became engaged in 1835 and were married in April of 1836. In January of 1837 the first of their ten children was born.
The early years of their marriage were apparently quite happy. Dickens was in love with his young wife and she was very proud of her famous husband. In 1841...