Charles Dickens was a writer who lived a life as interesting as anything
he wrote about in his novels. He was born in 1812 in the Portsmouth into a
life of poverty. He later drew on his own childhood experiences for his
short stories. His father was a clerk who earned relatively little money.
In 1822 his family moved to London. Charles’ family was so poor that his
education was interrupted by need to take poorly-paid work in a factory.
Later his father got into debt and waas imprisoned. One year later Charles
became a solicitor’s clerk so that he could earn more money. It was in 1824
that he became a newspaper reporter. His first short story was anonymously
published in 1825 without payment. One year later Dickens whose penname was
‘Boz’ began writing about England. Later in 1836 he fell in love with a
woman whose name was Catherine Hoghart. They were in love so much that they
had 10 children. Later, in 1842 he visited the USA where Charles became so
well-known that everyone treated hiim as a celebrity. Between 1837 and 1865
many of his finest writings such as ‘Oliver Twist’ or ‘A Christmas Carol’
and many others were published in instalments or monthly parts. In 1858
Dickens separated with his wife after many years of marriage. Charles b
working so hard that he eventually became exhausted and fell ill. In 1870
when he was 58 Dickens died and was buried in Westminster Abbey.