A man known for bringing us tales like A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield and more. Charles Dickens, ‘The Greatest Victorian Writer ever’.
Biography Of Charles Dickens Life Story – The Greatest Victorian Writer
A man known for bringing us tales like A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield and more. Charles Dickens, ever being called as ‘The Greatest Victorian Writer ever’.
Biography of Charles Dickens
Biography of Charles Dickens. Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, on the southern coast of England. Charles was the second of eight children born to John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow. While Growing up Charles’ family was very poor and Charles had to drop out of school at an early age due to his father being sent to prison for being in debt.
Although Charles would eventually return to school, he would soon drop out again to help his family earn money at the age of 15. This is where Charles will begin working a job that would change his life. Within a year of Dickens taking his new job as an office boy, he would begin freelance writing for the law courts of London.
By 1833, Dickens began sketching to different magazines and newspapers. By 1836, his works were published in his first book, “Sketches by Boz”. He married Catherine Hogarth in the same year, the daughter of the Evening Chronicle’s publisher. Together, before separating in 1858, they had 10 children.
Although Dickens’s key career was as a novelist, until the end of his life, he continued his journalism work, editing The Daily News, Household Words, and All the Year Round. At the beginning of his career, his ties to numerous magazines and publications gave him the chance to begin writing his own fiction.
The Pickwick Club’s Posthumous Papers were distributed in monthly sections from April 1836 until November 1837. Pickwick became one of the most popular books of the century, and continued to be so after it was published in 1837 in book form. Since the popularity of Pickwick Dickens embarked on a full-time career as a writer, creating work of growing sophistication at an unprecedented rate: Oliver Twist (1837-39), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-39), The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge as part of the Master Humphrey’s Clock series (1840-41), all were published in monthly instalments before being turned into novels.
His success authorized him to purchase Gad’s Hill Place in 1856, an estate that he had admired since childhood. Dickens launched a series of paying readings in 1858, which became popular immediately. Dickens worked more than 400 times in total. He divorced from his wife that year, after a long time of difficulties. It was also during that time that Dickens became engaged in an affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. It is uncertain the precise essence of their relationship, but it was obviously fundamental to the personal and professional life of Dickens.
Dickens continued to write 15 novels throughout his life, which include classics such as David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and more.
In the closing years of his life Dickens aggravated his deteriorating health by giving various readings. He died during his lectures in 1869, exhibiting signs of a slight stroke. He retreated to Gad’s Hill and started writing on Edwin Drood, which had never been finished.
Since having a stroke, Charles Dickens died at home on June 9, 1870. He was buried in the Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey, contrary to his wish to be buried in Rochester Cathedral.
The engraving that exists on his grave states:
“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.”
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