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Charles Dickens Life
Transcript of Charles Dickens Life
In 1824 charles's father was sent to prison for not paying off his debt.
Charles Dickens sprang to fame with his first novel, “The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club” (also known as “The Pickwick Papers”), when he was 25, in 1836. (Carlile)
After completing The Old Curiosity Shop and the much less popular Barnaby Rudge in 1841, set off to visit the United States during the first half of 1842.
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On February 7th 1812 John and Elizabeth Huffman Dickens gave birth to their second child Charles John Huffman Dickens.
Dickens childhood was very stressful. He moved from London to Chatham frequently because of his father's job.
Throughout dickens childhood his family had financial problems. By 1823 things had gotten to hard and the Dickens had to withdraw Charles from school
Charles youth was nothing close to enjoyable. In 1824, at just 12 years old he was sent to work at Warrens blacking factory where they made boot polish.
The entire family, aside from Charles because he was working at the factory, and his older sister Franny, moved into his fathers prison cell.
The 20 part series book became a publishing phenomenon, spurring theater performances, bootleg copies, joke books, and other merchandise. (Carlile)
Started as a freelance reporter of law and cases. Admitted as reader at the British Museum Library in 1830. Became a parliamentary reporter in 1831.
First short story published in 1833. Continued his success as a reporter, joining the The Morning Chronicle in 1834. Married in 1836.
He also left The Morning Chronicle in 1836.
Editor of new magazine, Bentley's Miscellany, from 1837 to 1839. Wrote Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and shorter pieces.
In 1842, Dickens moved to the U.S. hoping to find others who share similar liberal thoughts.
He returned to England disappointed with Americas international copyright law. He was disgusted at the acceptance for slavery, so Dickens saw the bad side of the U.S.
He wrote The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit when he returned from the U.S., it was about how America was deeply attached to personal items. The book was considered a failure, but yet a turning point in his career.
In 1858, Dickens and his wife went through a divorce. This put a lot of stress on him. The Mystery of Edwin Drood was the last book he started, it wasn't finished due to the fact that he suffered a stroke a passed that year, in 1870.
Dickens was considered in his "later days: after he wrote Bleak House, he wrote this once he was older, along with Little Dorrit, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friends, and many more.
Rated be time magazine, the top 10 books by Charles Dickens