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Charles Dickens - Author

About the Author

Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Hampshire, during the new industrial age, which gave birth to theories of Karl Marx. Dickens's father was a clerk in the navy pay office. He was well paid but often ended in financial troubles. In 1814 Dickens moved to London, and then to Chatham, where he received some education. The schoolmaster William Giles gave special attention to Dickens, who made rapid progress. In 1824, at the age of 12, Dickens was sent to work for some months at a blacking factory, Hungerford Market, London, while his father John was in Marshalea debtor's prison. "My father and mother were quite satisfied," Dickens later recalled bitterly. "They could hardly have been more so, if I had been twenty years of age, distinguished at a grammar-school, and going to Cambridge." Later this period found its way to the novel LITTLE DORRITT (1855-57). John Dickens paid his £40 debt with the money he inherited from his mother; she died at the age of seventy-nine when he was still in prison.

Featured books by Charles Dickens

Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples With Sketches of Young Ladies by Edward Caswall

Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples With Sketches of Young Ladies by Edward Caswall

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2011

Following the phenomenal popularity of Sketches by Boz and The Pickwick Papers, Dickens produced two short volumes of Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples, in response to the appearance of Sketches of Young Ladies by 'Quiz'. Each volume purports to dissect the characteristics of familiar types such as 'The Bashful Young Gentleman', 'The Literary Young Lady', and 'The Couple who Coddle themselves'. Whimsical, satirical, witty and exuberant, the sketches ridicule the behaviour of their subjects with perfect comic effect, rendering Mr Whiffler, Mrs Chopper and their companions instantly recognizable. They offer intriguing glimpses of courtship rituals and relations between the sexes at the outset of the Victorian era, and fascinating evidence of a writer learning his craft and refining his style. This edition includes the original illustrations by Phiz, and an introduction that examines the appeal of the sketch, a literary genre in which Dickens excelled throughout his career.

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Other books by Charles Dickens

The Wreck of the Golden Mary

The Wreck of the Golden Mary

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2019

The Wreck of the Golden Mary (Unabridged )

The Wreck of the Golden Mary (Unabridged )

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2019

No Thoroughfare

No Thoroughfare

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2019

No Thoroughfare

No Thoroughfare

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2019

No Thoroughfare

No Thoroughfare

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2019

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/04/2019

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2019

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2019

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2019

Some Christmas Stories

Some Christmas Stories

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/04/2019

Some Christmas Stories

Some Christmas Stories

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/04/2019

Some Christmas Stories

Some Christmas Stories

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2019

The Battle of Life

The Battle of Life

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/04/2019

The Battle of Life

The Battle of Life

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/04/2019

The Battle of Life

The Battle of Life

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2019

The Chimes

The Chimes

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2019

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