The Life of Charles Dickens
See our extensive list of articles on little-known aspects of the life of Charles Dickens. View a timeline of his life. Learn about his first love and his marriage. Discover how Charles Dickens had a brush with death in a railway accident in 1865.
Learn about the childhood of Charles Dickens, his dreams of being a gentleman as well as tales of Captian Murderer!
Charles and Catherine Dickens had ten children. Learn about each one on this page.
View a timeline of noteworthy events in the life of Charles Dickens.
In September of 1860, behind his home at Gad's Hill Place, Charles Dickens tried to cover his tracks.
Learn about Inspector Francis J. Dickens, the son of Charles Dickens who joined Canada's Mounted Police.
Ellen Ternan, Edgar Allan Poe and more . . .
One day in 1821, when Dickens was 9, he and his father took a walk through Kent. On Gravesend Road they passed a house called Gad's Hill Place. Young Charles was very impressed. Thirty-five years later Dickens bought the house that so impressed him as a child.
Learn about the jobs that Dickens had before he became an author and other careers that he contemplated. Other careers? Yep, it's true! The author of A Christmas Carol worked as a law clerk and thought about being an actor.
Maria Beadnell was the first love of Charles Dickens. They met in 1830 and he fell madly in love with her. For Charles it was love at first sight. His mind was quickly filled with thoughts of ever-lasting romance and marriage. Sadly, the romance didn't go as Dickens hoped.
A man orders a bracelet for his mistress. It's mistakenly sent to his home where his wife discovers it. Sounds like a romance novel doesn't it? But it really happened to Charles Dickens.
In 1849 John Leech, the illustrator for A Christmas Carol, was injured. Dickens rushed to his aid. What could Dickens do that the doctors couldn’t? Dickens helped his friend via the use of mesmerism.
In June of 1865 Charles Dickens had a brush with death. While he survived, others weren't as lucky. Ten people died and forty were injured in the Staplehurst railway accident.
From a very early age Charles Dickens knew he wanted to be gentleman. Unfortunately the odds weren’t in his favor.
Copyrights are big news today, but they were also big news in Dickens's time. Learn about his fight for international copyright laws.