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Charles Dickens

Biography
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on 14 September 2012

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Transcript of Charles Dickens

He was born on February 7th 1812,
at Landport, Portsmouth. In 1814, his family was transferred to London. In 1824, his father was sent to Marshalsea prison for debt. He started working at
Blacking Factory His father was released on May 28th and Charles started school. His father was John Dickens and his mother was Elizabeth Dickens In 1827, he decided to become a journalist. He started working as a freelance reporter at Doctor's Commons Courts. He met and fell in love with Maria Beadnell. She later inspired the character of Dora in "David Copperfield" His first published story, "Dinner at Poplar Walk", appears in Monthly Magazine.

His love affair with Maria Beadnell ends. His father was arrested again for debt.

In 1834, still working as a newsreporter, he adopted the pseudonym "BoZ". In 1835 he met and became engaged
to Catherine Hogarth They had ten children He met John Foster, who
will become his closest
friend and first biographer. First number of Pickwick Papers appears on March 30th In 1837 "Oliver Twist" was begun, and continued monthly until April 1839 In 1839
"Nicholas
Nickleby"
was
released. In 1839 he resigned as editor
of Bentley's Miscellany. He traveled through Canada and the United States.
"American Notes" appears in October, creating a furor in America He advocated
international
copyright and
the abolition of
slavery "Martin Chuzzlewit", part of which was set in a not very flatteringly portrayed America, was begun in 1843. A Christmas Carol, the first of Dickens' enormously successful Christmas books, appeared in December 1844 Dickens and his family toured Italy, Switzerland and France from 1844 until 1847 In 1844, "The Chimes" was published. A year later, he brought the debut of his amateur theatrical company In 1848, Dickens wrote an autobiographical fragment,
directed and acted in a number of amateur theatricals. 1848, his last Christmas book
"The Haunted Man" appeared
that December. In 1850, "David Copperfield" was published.
The character of Mr.Micawber was inspired in himself. "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life,
or whether that station will be held by anybody else,
these pages must show.
To begin my life with the beginning of my life,
I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe)
on a Friday, at twelve o' clock at night.
It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to
cry simultaneously." In that year, he founded and installed himself as editor of the weekly "Household Words", which he edited until his death 1851 found him at work on "Bleak House", which appeared monthly from 1852 until September 1853 "Frozen Deep" was performed for the Queen by Christian Anderson's theatrical company.
Dickens fell in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. In 1858, he separated from his wife.
They had been for many years
"temperamentally unsuited" for each other. He published "A Tale of Two Cities" In 1860, the Dickens family had taken up residence at Gad's Hill. In 1861, he finished "Great Expectations". In 1865, Dickens was in poor health due largely to consistent overwork.
He and Ellen , returning from a Paris holiday, were badly shaken up in a railway accident. He later on embarked on an American reading tour, and then continued in England, Scotland and Ireland, until at last he collapsed, showing symptoms of mild stroke. Dickens suffered another stroke on June 8, at Gad' Hilll, and passed away the next day.
He was buried in Westminster Abbey. "He was a sympathiser to the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England's greatest writers is lost to the world"

Thomas Carlyle "The most important thing in life, is to stop saying "I wish" and start saying "I will". Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities."

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