Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens

This report will talk about the life of a famous author, Charles Dickens. It will tell you
about his early, middle, and later years of his life. It will also talk about one of his
great works of literature. In conclusion, this report will show a comparison of his work
to his life.

Charles Dickens was born at Landport, in Portsea, on February 7, 1812. His father was a
clerk in the Navy Pay-Office, and was temporarily on duty in the neighborhood when Charles
was born. His name was John Dickens. He spent time in prison for debts. But, even when he
was free he lacked the money to support his family. Then, when Charles was two they moved
to London.1

Just before he started to toddle, he stepped into the glare of footlights. He never
stepped out of it until he died. He was a good man, as men go in the bewildering world of
ours, brave, transparent, tender-hearted, and honorable. Dickens was always a little too
irritable because he was a little too happy. Like the over-wrought child in society, he
was splendidly sociable, and in and yet sometimes quarrelsome. In all the practical
relations of his life he was what the child is at a party, genuinely delighted,
delightful, affectionate and happy, and in some strange way fundamentally sad and
dangerously close to tears. 2

At the age of 12 Charles worked in a London factory pasting labels on bottles of shoe
polish. He held the job only for a few months, but the misery of the experience remain
with him all his life. 3

Dickens attended school off and on until he was 15, and then left for good. He enjoyed
reading and was especially fond of adventure stories, fairy tales, and novels. He was
influenced by such earlier English writers as William Shakespeare, Tobias Smollet, and
Henry Fielding. However, most of the knowledge he later used as an author came from his
environment around him. 4

Dickens became a newspaper writer and reporter in the late 1820's. He specialized in
covering debates in Parliament, and also wrote feature articles. His work as a reporter
sharpened his naturally keen ear for conversation and helped develop his skill in
portraying his characters speach realistically. It also increased his ability to observe
and to write swiftly and clearly. Dickens' first book, Sketches by Boz (1836) consisted of
articles he wrote for the Monthly Magazine and the London Evening Chronicles.5

On April 2, 1836 he married Catherine Hogarth. This was just a few days before the
anoucement that on the 31st he would have his first work printed in The Posthumous Papers
of the Pickwick Club. And this was the beginning of his career. 6

Then, at 24, Dickens became famous and was so until he died. He won his first literary
fame with The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Published in monthly parts in 1836
and 1837 the book describes the humorous adventure and misadventures of the English
Countryside. After a slow start, The Pickwick Papers as the book was usually called gained
a popularity seldom matched in the history of literature. 7

Then in 1837, Catherine's sister Mary, died. Because of her death Dickens' suffered a lot
of grief. This led some scholars to believe that Dickens loved Mary more than Catherine.
Catherine was a good woman but she lacked intelligence. Dickens and Catherine had 10
children. Then later in 1858, the couple seperated. 8

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