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About the author
Charles John Huffam Dickens
(February 7, 1812 - June 9, 1870),
pen-name "Boz", was a British nov-
elist of the Victorian era. The popu-
larity of his books during his lifetime
and in present days is demonstrated
by the fact that none of his novels has
ever gone out of print.
Charles was born in Portsmouth, England, to John Dickens, a na-
val pay clerk, and his wife Elizabeth Barrow. When Charles was five,
the family moved to Chatham, Kent. When he was ten, the family
relocated to Camden Town in London.
He received some education at a private school but when his fa-
ther was imprisoned for debt, Charles wound up working 10-hours a
day in a London boot-blacking factory located near to the present day
Charing Cross railway station, when he was twelve. Resentment of his
situation and the conditions working-class people lived under became
major themes of his works. Dickens wrote, "No advice, no counsel, no
encouragement, no consolation, no support from anyone that I can call
to mind, so help me God!"
Dickens became a journalist, reporting parliamentary debate and
travelling Britain by stagecoach to cover election campaigns. His jour-
nalism informed his first collection of pieces Sketches by Boz and he
continued to contribute to and edit journals for much of his life. In his
early twenties he made a name for himself with his first novel The
On April 2, 1836 Charles married Catherine Hogarth with whom
he was to have ten children. In 1842 they traveled together to the
United States, the trip is described in the short travelog American
Notes and is also used as the basis of some of the episodes in David
On the 9th of April 1865 Dickens, while returning from France,