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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.

Elizabeth Dickens

The Childhood of Charles Dickens

Learn about the childhood of Charles Dickens, his dreams of being a gentleman as well as tales of Captain Murderer!
Charles Culliford Boz Dickens

The Children of Charles Dickens

Charles and Catherine Dickens had ten children. Learn about each one on this page.
Charles Dickens

Timeline of Events in the Life of Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870. View a timeline of noteworthy events in his life.

Bonfire at Gad's Hill Place

In September of 1860, behind his home at Gad's Hill Place, Charles Dickens tried to cover his tracks.

Inspector Francis J. Dickens

Learn about Inspector Francis J. Dickens, the son of Charles Dickens who joined Canada's Mounted Police.

Friends of Charles Dickens

Ellen Ternan, Edgar Allan Poe and more . . .

Gad's Hill Place

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.

Law Clerk, Journalist, Actor - The Other Careers of Charles Dickens

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

Maria Beadnell was the first love of Charles Dickens. 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.

The Marriage of Charles Dickens

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.
John Leech

Mesmerism

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.
Staplehurst Railway Accident

The Staplehurst Railway Accident

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.

What We Can Learn from Charles Dickens

From a very early age Charles Dickens knew he wanted to be gentleman. Unfortunately the odds weren’t in his favor.

Charles Dickens and Copyright Laws

Copyrights are big news today, but they were also big news in Dickens's time. Learn about his fight for international copyright laws.

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