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The Life & Work of Charles Dickens

Illustration by Fred Bernard of young Charles Dickens at work in a shoe-blacking factory. (from the 1892 edition of Forster's Life of Dickens)

The Childhood of Charles Dickens

Life was not easy for young Charles Dickens. Learn about his childhood, his dreams of being a gentleman as well as tales of Captain Murderer!

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List of Works by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens Biography

Charles Dickens was a Victorian author whose novels include A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations. Learn more about his work and little-known aspects of his life.

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The children of Charles Dickens

The Children of Charles Dickens

Charles and Catherine Dickens had ten children. The eldest went bankrupt and was later hired by his father. "Chickenstalker" joined the Canadian Mounted Police. The youngest became a Member of Parliament in New South Wales.

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Bleak House

Bleak House

Where do the X-Files and literature combine? Bleak House! This novel has the odd distinction of being perhaps the only work of classic literature featuring a character that dies by spontaneous combustion.

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A Christmas Carol Quiz

A Christmas Carol Quiz

Just how well do you know the details of A Christmas Carol? Take our quick, 10-question quiz to find out.

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Charles John Huffman Dickens was born in England in the year 1812. He wrote classic novels of the Victorian era like Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol.

 
Dickens also had an interesting private life. He grew up poor, he almost became an actor and he had an unhappy marriage.

This site features articles about the life and work of Charles Dickens. It’s also home to a collection of over 800 sourced Dickens quotations. Don’t miss the Daily Dose of Dickens, a daily quote from the work of Dickens.