Charles Dickens

The well known author even until this time period.

Overview of Charles Dickens

The author of amazing novels and short stories, Charles John Huffam Dickens is a famous author with humor and keen observations. Born in Portsmouth on February 7,1812, his early life seem idyllic, but he thought that he wasn't taken care of much. Supporting his family, Dickens would work ten-hour days at Warren's Blacking Warehouse. Strict and harsh work affected his making of novels and stories. He had a period in his early life where he probably felt the most depressed. Having no encouragement or advice of help, of course he would be depressed.

Dickens' energetic and self-confident 20 year old self enjoyed popular entertainment. He grew famous and began friendships with many people. Dickens married Catherine Thomson Hogarth on the 2nd of April in 1836. Even after marriage, he succeeded at being a novelist. Dickens and Catherine went to the U.S. and Canada for their first time in 1842. His novels and stories held the experience from the places he visited. Later on in June 8,1870, Dickens worked too much and had a stroke. After 5 years, he died at Gad's Hill Place. 6 days later, Dickens was buried in the Abbey.

Connection to Present Day

Now, Charles Dickens has influenced our world by his existence, and statues of him can be seen in Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia, and in Portsmouth. Charles Dickens influenced many people to write their own stories. He influences society too. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens in 2012, Museum of London held UK's 1st major exhibition. Even a theme park, Dickens World, is named after him! "His 5 books were named in the Top 100 by the UK Survey, The Big Read."


Dickens impacted the world/society positively. He was the one who "invented Christmas" in a popular culture phenomenon way. Dickens' live readings were hilarious with his accents and mannerisms of the character he was portraying. "His live readings and novels brings a smile from the reader. A lot of comedy today is based off by how the way Dickens wrote. "Dickens also "made" the cinema, meaningful names, and the view of the law. Without him, our inspiration and how we think wouldn't be the same. He is an everlasting author.

Five Fun Facts

"1.Dickens's house had a secret door in the form of a fake bookcase.

2.Dickens addressed his wife as 'dearest Mouse' and 'dearest darling Pig'.

3.On days that he gave public readings, Dickens had 2 tablespoons of rum with fresh cream and a pint of champagne.

4.The Oxford English Dictionary credits him with the first use of butter-fingers, crossfire, dustbin, fairy story, slow-coach, and whoosh.

5.In 2009, an ivory toothpick once used by Dickens was sold at an auction for $9,000."

Charles Dickens First Publish

"By 24-year-old Charles Dickens, the first monthly installment of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwik Club is published." Dickens' sketches were suppose to be for Robert Seymour's drawings, but Dickens became popular by his hilarious and fun stories. From 400 copies of the first publish to 40,000 copies by the 15th episode, Dickens became the most well-known author.

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