2Charles John Huffam Dickens – Biography Was born on February 7th , 1812, in Portsmouth, EnglandIn 1824 Dickens worked at Warren’s Blacking WarehouseIn 1824 Mr. Dickens (Charles’ father) is taken to debtors’ prison. His family joins him. He is imprisoned from February until May
3Biography…In 1827 the Dickens family are thrown out of their home for not paying rentCharles is pulled out of private schoolCharles, now 15, becomes a law clerk and free-lance writerIn 1834 Charles takes Boz as pen nameIn 1834 Charles’ Dad is re-arrested for debts
4Catherine HogarthIn 1836 at the age of 24 Charles Dickens marries Catherine Hogarth.One year later, their first child is born.The year after that the next baby is born.He fathered 10 children.His wife left him (in 1858).
5Biography…Till 1868, he travelled to many places and gave lectures in the US and England.While doing all this, he continued his work and wrote numerous novels, books and plays.
6Dickens starts Publishing! In 1836 Sketches by Boz is publishedIn 1837 The Pickwick Papers is publishedOriginal Pickwick cover issued in 1837 with Dickens’ autograph
7Complete list of publications... 1861 Great Expectations1846 The Battle of Life1846 Dombey and Son1850 David Copperfield1853 Bleak House1853 A Child’s History of England and... a near nervous breakdown1854 Hard Times1857 Little Dorrit1859 A Tale of Two Cities1865 Our Mutual Friends1869 The Mystery of Edwin Drood (unfinished)1837 The Pickwick Papers1837 Oliver Twist1838 Nicholas Nickleby1840 The Old Curiosity Shop1841 Barnaby Rudge1842 American Notes1843 A Christmas Carol1844 Martin Chuzzlewit1844 The Chimes1845 The Cricket on the Hearth
8An impressive authorship… Dickens wrote 15 major novels in a period of 33 years.He was most creative in the years between
9Poets’ CornerIn 1869, Dickens’ health started to decline.On June 9, 1870, Charles Dickens died from a mild stroke.He is buried in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey in London.Dickens’ epitaph:He was a sympathizer to the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England’s greatest writers is lost to the world.
10Oliver Twist Oliver Twist was published in 1837 Oliver Twist is an orphan whose mother had died when Oliver was born. Oliver is raised in a workhouse because his mother wasn’t married; and he had no relatives.
11Oliver Twist… Dickens crusaded for children’s rights. He was an advocate of child labor laws to protect children.He opposed cruelty, deprivation, and corporal punishment of children.He believed in and lobbied for just treatment of criminals.