He was further educated by reading widely in the British Museum (Huffam). In late 1822, John was needed back at the London office, so they had to move to London. This gave Charles opportunities to walk around the town with his father and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the area. This gave him early inspiration that he would use later on in his life when he started to write (Mankowitz 13-14). James Lamert, the owner of a boot-blacking factory, saw the conditions that the Dickens family was going through.
Due to his families financial crisis, Dickens went to work at Warren’s Blacking Factory labeling bottles, but after his father’s debts were paid, he continued his education at Wellington House Academy from 1824 to 1826. After his education was complete, he became a court reporter for various newspaper sources until he devoted his time to writing. Dickens’ first published work appeared in December of 1833 in the Monthly Magazine, followed by nine other works. These writings were collected into two volumes Turner2 and published in 1836. The time spent as a reporter made Dickens familiar with the middle and lower classes of London and his familiarity is displayed in the two volume set of his early works.
He spent most of his childhood in London, the setting for many of his novels. He lived in a middle-classed family that, but his father was incapable of managing his own finances. Dickens started school at the age of nine, but his education was interrupted when his father was imprisoned for debt in 1824. He was then forced to work at Warren’s Blacking Factory, a shoe-polish factory, to support himself. His experiences of trying to survive in the slums of England haunted him all of his life, and he would later devote many of his books to the retelling of his experiences.
Many of his novels such as Oliver Twist and Philip Pirrip express the struggles he faced growing up. At a very young age he became a student of, “The School of Hard Knocks.” The idyllic days of childhood were over and he was rudely introduced to the world of the working poor (Merriman). From 1824 to 1827 Charles studied at the Wellington House Academy in London (Bloom, Bloom's Classics Critical Views: Charles Dickens). For a year after he was removed from school, Dickens worked in a law office as a solicitor’s clerk. Soon thereafter in 1929, he became employed a free lance reporter.
(âˆœNew Standard Encyclopediaâˆ D-155) A Christmas Carol, written by Dickens, has changed many things in the world today, especially Christmas traditions and religion. Dickens worked in many places as a young child and when his family wasnâˆ™t in jail, if the family could afford it Dickens went to school. Dickensâˆ™ parents being thrown in jail left him to fend for himself, he found work in first a law office where he filed and did other simple jobs around the office. Working in law offices and other offices like newspaper editing room, Dickens taught himself to read and write with a little help from the adults in the office. When Dickens worked at the newspaper he would occasionally write a column or a cartoon for the newspaper and soon became a very well known newspaper reporter.
He was born on February 7th, 1812, in Portsmouth, England (“Charles Dickens”). He was born in a family of eight children; John Dickens, his father, was a money-driven naval clerk while Elizabeth Barrow, a housewife, was his mother (“Charles John…”). Most of Charles’ childhood memories were in Chatham, East of England, and his most fondly were rendered into his books (Glancy 2). He had to work at a shoe-blacking factory in order to support his family since his father was in jail; he was only twelve (“Charles Dickens”). The rest of his family moved into the prison room with John Dickens, except for Charles, who went to live in a cheap boarding house close to the factory he worked at (Stanley and Vennema 6).
Charles Dickens, the man of hard work and great expectations, was a tremendous novelist and an affirmative mentor. He had a poor childhood, an irksome teenage life, and a superlative adult life. The novels he wrote is what makes him who is today. He is known for bringing England’s public problems to attention. He is known for the powerful messages that he gave.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Introduction Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Hampshire, in 1812 and died in 1870. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office and family life was occasionally hard, especially when his father had to go to the debtor's prison. The young twelve year old Charles became the main money-maker in the family at this time and worked in a blocking factory. Charles' father was released a year later and Charles was able to go to school. After school he became a clerk for solicitors, later becoming a journalist, a reporter at Doctors' Commons and at 22 joined a London newspaper.
Moved to Chatham 1816 where he was an excellent reader at four. Moved to Cadmen Town in 1821 three years later his father was arrested for unpaid debt, Dickens visited his father by walking 4 miles to the prison (David, “A Chronology of his life” 1). Had an unhappy childhood in which he worked in a blacking factor (Magill 1267). When he was out of school he worked for an attorney and wanted to be a journalist (Magill 1). His work as a reporter and sharpened ear for conversation helped develop his skill for portraying his characters speaking.
This obviously caused him to have a lack of appropriate education, so Dickens began to develop on interest into books. He was later sent back to school when his dad got out of jail, but when his parents could again no longer afford to pay for their son’s education, he found work in a law office, then as a newspaper reporter. It was here that Dickens’ taught himself shorthand,” (www.ucsc.edu/dickens/DEA/ACC/dickens.bio.html, Dickens’ Life and The Carol). This began the writing of the many Dickens’ classics we enjoy to this very day. One particular book being, A Christmas Carol, a well-known holiday classic.