Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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Names
Charles Dickens
Charles John Huffam Dickens
Dates
1812-1870
Death
June 9, 1870
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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The father of Charles Dickens is sent to prison for debt and Charles is withdrawn from school to work in a factory.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
1836
Charles Dickens writes two plays and a pamphlet arguing that the poor should be allowed to enjoy the Sabbath.
1836
Dickens resigns from newspaper job to edit Bentley's Miscellany
Apr 1836
Dickens marries Catherine, the eldest daughter of a respected Scottish journalist George Hogarth.
1837
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
1838
Charles Dickens publishes Nicholas Nickleby in 20 serial installments.
1840
Charles Dickens publishes The Old Curiosity Shop in short weekly installments.
1841
Charles Dickens publishes Barnaby Rudge in short weekly installments.

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