Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Charles John Huffam Dickens based many of his novels upon circumstances in his own life as well as in the world of the Victorian age that he saw around him. His childhood was not that that often is portrayed in his literary characters such as Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, for he was not an orphan, but in his early years his family was sent to the Marshalsea Debtor’s Prison ('Little Dorrit') where they lived for some months until a relative died and left his father money enough to pay his debts.
At the age of twenty-one, he began work on his first story—A Dinner at Poplar Walk. He published it in a London magazine, and from there commenced on a literary career; he would generally write his novels by the chapter and then publish them in magazines for the little money they provided. His first novel was The Pickwick Papers, followed by Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, and Barnaby Rudge. After his marriage in 1837, he wrote some of those popular works, such as A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield. He continued writing up until his death in 1870, leaving behind several unfinished works as well as his famous novels.
Books by Charles Dickens
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