Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens’ name is widely known by his remarkable classical English literatures. His epic story lines and brilliant characters are memorable. Dickens was born in Portsmouth, on 7 February 1812; he was the second child of eight from John and Elizabeth Dickens. Despite his parents’ best efforts, the family remained poor. In 1824, his father was sent to prison for debts. This made Charles had to leave school and work at a boot-blacking factory.

Looking back on the experience, Dickens saw it as the moment he said goodbye to his youthful innocence. He stated that he felt abandoned and betrayed by the adults who were supposed to take care of him. These sentiments then later become a recurring theme in his writing. From Oliver Twist to A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby to David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities to Great Expectations, and many more.

In April 1836, he married Catherine Hogarth. But in 1858, after the birth of their tenth child, he was separated from his wife. But there were rumors that he maintained relations with his mistress, the actress, Ellen Ternan.

One day, Dickens collapsed at the dinner table and died the next evening, on 9 June 1870, of a stroke in Kent, England, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. Charles Dickens is buried at Westminster Abbey; his London house at 48 Doughty streets now becomes a museum to honor him. Even though Dickens had gone, we can still sense his presence through his timeless masterpieces.

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” – Charles Dickens


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