A Tale of One Man

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Charles Dickens created novels that would soon be called masterpieces, true triumphs of literature. He concocted characters that will live on in our hearts and the hearts of the generations to come. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Edwin Drood, David Copperfield, characters we all know, characters we all love. He wrote many treasured stories. This is his.

Though his books spoke volumes of love and justice, Dickens’ life was not always perfect. He was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England (“Charles Dickens” 1). He was the second-born of ten children, of which two died in infancy (Ayer 13). When Dickens was twelve, his father, John Dickens, was sent to jail because of all his debts. Because his father was no longer there to support his family, Dickens had to drop out of school and begin work at a boot-blacking factory. Having said goodbye to his childhood at such a young age, he felt betrayed by adults he trusted. This would become a theme that reappears in many of his works (“Charles Dickens” 1). According to, upon his father’s return, Dickens was able to go back to school. Although his father returned to work, Dickens dropped out of school again at the age of fifteen to work in an office (1). It was in this office that Dickens began his career in writing. While successfully reporting for multiple London newspapers in 1833, he continually submitted sketches into numerous magazines under the name Boz. In 1836, his sketches were compiled into Sketches by Boz, Dickens’ first published work (“Charles Dickens” 1). Through the success of this book, Dickens met Catherine Hogarth. They married and had ten children (“Charles Dickens” 1). Because of the recent success of Sketches by Boz, he was asked to write more sketches ...

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...h he could evoke so much emotion from his readers will live forever within our minds, and his compassion that will live forever in our hearts. Because he remembered his tough times as a child, he had always demanded his books be sold at a price affordable by all. He believed education should not be based on how much money one has. If that’s not admirable, I don’t know what is.
So, why do I think Charles Dickens should be inducted into the History Hall of Fame? I’ll do what the great man himself did. I’ll let my words speak for themselves.

Works Cited

Ayer, Eleanor H. The Importance of Charles Dickens. San Diego: Lucent Books Inc., 1998.


“Charles Dickens.” 2013. The Biography Channel website. Dec. 10 2013, 09:39.

“Dickens, Charles.” Compton’s by Britannica. 2010. 134-137.
Dickens, Monica. “Dickens, Charles.” The New Book of Knowledge. 2006. 151-154.
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