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Charles Dickens
His Life & Works
Unit Studies, Biogrqaphy & Comprehension
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Charles Dickens - A Biography

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens. John
Dickens was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office. He was not very good with managing money,
and in 1824 found himself being put into prison for debt. His wife and children, with the
exception of Charles, who was put to work at Warren's Blacking Factory, joined him in the
Marshalsea Prison.

When the family finances were coming right and when Charles' father was released from
prison, the twelve-year-old Dickens, already scarred psychologically by the experience, was
forced by his mother to carry on working at the factory.  He already had difficulties
emotionally from this experience.  His father did recuse him from having to work at the
factory and between 1824- and 1827 Charles was a day scholar at a school in London.

At fifteen, he found a job as an office boy at an attorney's office, while he studied shorthand
at night. His brief time at the Blacking Factory haunted him all of his life — he spoke about it
only to his wife and to his closest friend, John Forster — but this horrible, dark secret became
a the basis of creative energy and of his preoccupation with being betrayed and left alone,
which are found within the themes of  David Copperfield and in Great Expectations.

In 1829 he became a free-lance reporter at Doctor's Commons Courts, and in 1830 he met
and fell in love with Maria Beadnell, the daughter of a banker. By 1832 he had become a
very successful shorthand reporter of Parliamentary debates in the House of Commons, and
began work as a reporter for a newspaper.   

For more on Charles Dickens' Life  & Works please visit
The Victorian Web
This full length article may be downloaded as a PDF document
The Works of Dickens

David Copperfield
Master Humphrey's Clock
Oliver Twist
The Battle of Life
The Holly Tree
The Cricket On The Hearth
The Chimes
A Child's History of England

A Christmas Carol - A Man And His Book
Dickens - Writing Made Him Rich
Charles Dickens
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