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.In works like A Tale of Two Cities, he advocated for social reform by depicting the disparity between rich and poor.His well-known novel, Oliver Twist, was adapted into a play starring celebrated child actor Dickie Moore.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.PERSONAL 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.Historical Events in the Life of Charles Dickens
1836-2-7 "Sketches by Boz" (essays) published by Charles Dickens
1843-12-19 "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is published, 6,000 copies sold
1846-1-21 1st edition of Charles Dickens' "Daily News"
1854-4-1 Hard Times begins serialisation in Charles Dickens magazine, "Household Words"
1859-4-30 Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is first published in literary periodical "All the Year Round" (weekly installments until Nov 26)
1859-11-26 Last weekly installment of Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is published in literary periodical "All the Year Round"
1867-12-2 In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Novelist Charles Dickens were born on Friday, in a leap year, birthstone is Amethyst, the seaon was Winter in the Chinese year of , it is 34 days until Charles Dickens next birthday.