Report On The Life Of Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens was a nineteenth-century novelist who was and still is very popular. He was born in Landport, a region of Portsmouth, on February 7, 1812 (Kyle 1).Charles Dickens was the son of John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow. JohnDickens was a minor government official who worked in the Navy Pay Office. Throughhis work there, he met Elizabeth and eventually married her. By 1821, when Charles wasfour months old, John Dickens could no longer afford the rent on his house. JohnDickens loved to entertain his friends with drinks and conversation. Throughout his life,he was very short of money and in debt. He often had to borrow money to pay off thedebt and borrow more money to pay off the people he borrowed the money from. Lateron, John Dickens was transferred again to work in the naval dockyard at Chatman. It washere that Charles Dickens' earliest and clearest memories were formed (Mankowitz9-14).Charles' education included being taught at home by his mother, attending aDame School at Chatman for a short time, and Wellington Academy in London. He wasfurther educated by reading widely in the British Museum (Huffam).In late 1822, John was needed back at the London office, so they had to move toLondon. This gave Charles opportunities to walk around the town with his father andtake in the sights, sounds, and smells of the area. This gave him early inspiration that hewould use later on in his life when he started to write (Mankowitz 13-14).James Lamert, the owner of a boot-blacking factory, saw the conditions that theDickens family was going through. He offered Charles a job there and he was paid sixshillings a week which was reasonable at that time. Soon, he was moved downstairs inthe sweatshop-like room. Charles had been working at the factory for less than twoweeks when his father was arrested for debt. He was sent to debtors prison where he didwork to pay off his debt. John paid for Charles' lodging, but Charles had to pay for hisfood and everything else with the six shillings he earned every week. The details ofLondon and of prison life were imprinting themselves into Dickens' memory and wouldone day help him in the novels he wrote. After John was in prison for three months, hismother died leaving him enough money to get out of debtors prison (Mankowitz 20-22).Late in Charles' teens, he became a court reporter. This introduced him tojournalism, and he also became interested in politics. Some of his early short stories andsketches, which were published in various London newspapers and magazines, werecompiled in 1836 to form his first book, Sketches by Boz. This book sold well (Huffam).In 1837, he wrote another book called Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.It was written in monthly installments. Dickens had become the most...

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