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Happy Birthday Charles Dickens!

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens!

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the most prolific writers of all time and possibly the most famous author of Victorian Britain. 

Renowned 19th-century English author whose best known works include Oliver Twist, Bleak House, and A Christmas Carol. He created some of the most memorable characters in fiction, became known for his acute social satire, and is generally considered to be the most significant novelist of the Victorian era. Dickens was born in Portsmouth and left school young, when his father was thrown in to debtors prison and he needed to financially support the family.  Many of Dicken's stories covered the realities of poverty and life for the working classes and reflected his own early life. Most of his novels were published in serial form meaning that they were accessible to the lower classes of society who would pay a contribution to hear them read. Many of the most famous literary characters come from Dicken's stories; Scrooge, Fagin, Miss Havisham, Mr Micawber and many more.

Before Fame
He left school at a young age to work in a factory, due to his father's imprisonment in the debtors' jail. He quickly overcame his family history and, by the time he published his first serial, The Pickwick Papers (in 1836), he was well on his way to international literary fame.

In works like A Tale of Two Cities, he advocated for social reform by depicting the disparity between rich and poor.

Family Life
He was one of eight children born to John and Elizabeth Dickens on Portsea Island, off the coast of England. He married Catherine Thomson Hogarth in April of 1836 following a one year engagement. He had a total of ten children.

Charles Dickens was born on 7th February, and that's a good excuse to celebrate his birthday by finding out a little about him and enjoying some of his stories!

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