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The Life and Writing of Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Landport, Portsea, England as Charles John Huffham Dickens but was known as the great Charles Dickens. After being born into a family of eight children and he being the second of eight; the family decided to move to Chatham, were Dickens considered these years the best childhood years ever, but after a couple of years living in Chatham the family decided to move once again but this time to London in the year 1822. There his father got a job as a clerk in the navy post office. Dicken’s family was not poor nor rich, they were just like any other family out there, a middle class family but this changed in a couple of years due to his fathers extravagant spending that they couldn’t afford to handle anymore. Due to this matter, his father later in life was imprisoned for debt in the year 1824. Because of his father’s imprisonment, Charles had to withdraw from school and be sent to work as a shoe dyer in a factory to help his family out with the income. At this time he was not living at home, he was living by himself in a lodging house in North London. When he moved to Chatham he considered those years the best childhood years, but when he lived by himself in North London he considered these years the worst and most terrible years of his life. Charles didn’t know this, but this is what shaped his life and his writing techniques. (Charles Dickens Pg. 3)

In the year 1833 Charles began to write essays and short stories to newspaper firms, this resulted in him being noticed and known worldwide. After he found out, he left his job and became editor of the newspaper called “Bentley’s Miscellany”. (Charles Dickens Pg. 3) Shortly after he married Catherine Hogarth on the 2nd of April in the year...

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... Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend expressed his anger with society. Launching his career at a very fast moving pace, in 1858 he began a series of paid readings that became very popular in a short time. With these paid readings he not only got to perform to his audience and fans but he also got to share his love of the stage with himself. He performed more than four hundred times; even though they exhausted him and got him very sick sometimes, this allowed him to increase his income and to stay in touch with his audience and fans. (Charles Dickens Pg. 4)

Charles Dickens past away Thursday, June 9, 1870 in Gad’s Hill Place after a stroke that took place the day before his death. It is said that the stoke beforehand was the cause of death. He was laid to rest in Poet’s Corner of Westminister Abbey in London. (Dickens Fast Facts Pg. 1) Charles was only 58 years of age.
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