Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
1100429
Gender
male
Died
June 9, 1870

Timeline

7 Feb 1812

Birth of Charles Dickens

1817

Charles Dickens enjoys a happy childhood in Chatham, England.

1822

Charles Dickens living and working in London

1824

The father of Charles Dickens is sent to prison for debt and Charles is withdrawn from school to work in a factory. This experience will inform many of his writings about the plight of the working class. Images of prison and of a lost, oppressed, or bewil

1832

Drawn to the theater, a young Charles Dickens nearly becomes a professional actor. Later in life, he will satisfy his passion for performing with hundreds of animated public readings of his own books.

1833

Charles Dickens begins to contribute stories and essays to magazines and newspapers.

1834

Charles Dickens is working as a journalist for the Liberal Benthamite Morning Chronicle, an experience that greatly affects his political outlook.

1836

The Pickwick Papers

1860

Charles Dickens moves out of London to a house in Gad's Hill, near his childhood home in Chatham, Kent.

9 Jun 1870

Death of Charles Dickens in Kent, England

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