• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Biography on the life of Charles Dickens.

Extracts from this document...


Biography on the life of Charles Dickens Charles John Huffam Dickens, one of the greatest ever Victorian writers was born on 7th February 1812 in Landport, Portsmouth as the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens. His family moved to Chatham, and Dickens considered his years there as the happiest of his childhood. His father John worked as a clerk in the Navy Payroll Office in Portsmouth and then in 1822, they moved back to London, where the family lived in Camden Town. Dickens' family was considered middle class, but his father had a difficult time managing money. His spending had brought the family to financial disaster, and in 1824, John Dickens was put in prison for debt. Charles was left school at the age of 12 and go to work at Warren's Blacking Factory, which was a shoe dye factory, to help support the Dickens family. During this period, Dickens lived alone in a lodging house in North London and considered the entire experience the most terrible of his life and would later write that he wondered 'how I could have been so easily cast away at such an age'. ...read more.


In 1834, still a newspaper reporter, he adopted the soon to be famous pseudonym "Boz." He then provided a comic narrative to accompany a series of engravings, which were published as the Pickwick Papers in 1836. Within several months, Dickens became internationally popular. He resigned from his position as a newspaper reporter and became editor of a monthly magazine entitled Bentley's Miscellany. His father, who was the original of Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield, as Dickens's mother was the original Mrs. Nickleby, was once again arrested for debt, and Charles was forced to come to his aid. Later in his life both of his parents were frequently after him for money. In 1835 he met and became engaged to Catherine Hogarth. On 2nd April 1836, Dickens married Catherine Hogarth. Together, they had nine surviving children, before they separated in 1858. After the success of Pickwick, Dickens embarked on a full-time career as a novelist. Oliver Twist was begun in 1837, and continued in monthly parts until April 1839. ...read more.


Dickens had performed more than 400 times. The readings sometimes left him exhausted and ill, but they allowed him to increase his income and stay in touch with his audience. His marriage broke up with Catherine, Dickens moved permanently to his country house called Gad's Hill, near Chatham in 1860. It was also around this time that Dickens became involved in an affair with a young actress named Ellen Ternan. The affair lasted until Dickens death, but it was kept quite secret. Dickens was required to abandon his reading tours in 1869 because his health wasn't good anymore. He moved to Gad's Hill and began to work on Edwin Drood, which was never completed. He died suddenly at home on June 9, 1870. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. Dickens would go on to write 15 major novels and countless short stories and articles before his death on June 9, 1870. The inscription on his tombstone in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey reads: "He was a sympathiser to the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England's greatest writers is lost to the world". http://mural.uv.es/maresa/biogra.html http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/ http://www.gs.cidsnet.de/englisch-online/Grundkurs1/dickens.html Novel - Charles Dickens - Hard Times ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE David Copperfield section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE David Copperfield essays

  1. The Way Education is presented in the Novel David Copperfield

    Seeing this, Murdstone lashes out and beats David brutally, but David fights back in anger and bites Murdstone on the hand. Murdstone retaliates with further beating, leaving him in his room for five days with no contact with his mother, Pegotty or anyone else except Miss Murdstone, who would take him a simple ration of bread, water and meat daily.

  2. Compare and Contrast Dickens' treatment of two schoolmasters in David Copperfield and Hard Times.

    Then we go on to hear that he speaks in a whisper which again shows his meanness because he may be talking like this so that he can scare the young Copperfield even more. On page 83 Copperfield requests that he be allowed to take off his placard, not only

  1. David Copperfield

    'Murder', 'Stone', put it together to get Murderstone. These words fit perfectly to this man's ruthless character. He calls himself a Father, a husband and a friend, but Mr Murdstone should not be placed with these strong roles. To isolate a child for seven whole days and lock him in

  2. David Copperfield

    ''Where's mama Master Davy?'' ' repeated Pegotty. Here Dickens uses repetition which shows Pegotty is playing for time. It makes the reader wonder what could be wrong. Later David asks. ''Not dead, too! Oh she's not dead Pegotty.'' ' This is an ominous sentence.

  1. Examine how Dickens uses his works to make a comment on the society in ...

    But in, 'Oliver Twist', there wasn't an education system, '...because nobody had taught him...' This quote portrays that education wasn't taken seriously. It was seen as joke. The only thing the children had to do was work for the owner which was considered slave labour.

  2. About Charles Dickens

    Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby subsequently followed; both were published in monthly installments and reflected simultaneously Dickens' understanding of the underclass and his comedic genius. In 1843, Dickens published one of his most famous works, A Christmas Carol. In this story especially, it was evident how Dickens was becoming disenchanted

  1. Comparison of the Novels Angelas Ashes With  David Copperfield.

    On the other hand Dickinson is writing about a boy and not himself so what he is writing is fiction, so this isn't true because it is made up. We know that Dickinson's character David is looking back on his life because he talks about when he was born and how he "was born with a caul" meaning a membrane.

  2. In what way does Charles Dickens win the sympathy of his readers for the ...

    To put it simple he has a meal where he is treated badly, with no respect even for the standards of how children were treated during he Victorian period. The perpetrator of this nasty behaviour was Uncle Pumplechook. He does a few things that might be seen as wrong and

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work