The Life & Work of Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870. He wrote classic novels of the Victorian era like Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol.

The Life of Charles Dickens

See our list of articles about the life of Charles Dickens. Read a biography or 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.

Featured Article – The Childhood of Charles Dickens
The Childhood of Charles 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!

The Work of Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens wrote fifteen novels. He also wrote short stories, essays, articles and novellas.

Learn about all aspects of Dickens’s work including articles on each of his novels. Discover how Dickens got his pen name, Boz.  Also, get some pointers in case you think you may have a valuable copy of one of Dickens’s works in your attic.

Featured Article – Our Mutual Friend
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Our Mutual Friend is the last novel that Charles Dickens completed before his death. An interesting feature of the novel is its focus on the "dust" business.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, arguably the most popular piece of fiction that Dickens ever wrote, was published in 1843. We’ve got a special page devoted to A Christmas Carol.  Once there you can learn about the novel, ask Scrooge a question, test your knowledge of the novella and more.

Featured Item – Learn About A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol was published in 1843. The book is as popular today as it was over 175 years ago. Dickens, through the voice of Scrooge, continues to urge us to honor Christmas in our hearts and to keep the season in mind all the year round.

Quotes from the Work of Charles Dickens

This site is home to a collection of over 800 sourced Dickens quotations. They’re sorted by source and topic.  Don’t miss the Daily Dose of Dickens, a daily quote from the work of Dickens.

Featured Item – Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational Quotes by Charles Dickens

“Never,” said my aunt, “be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices, Trot, and I can always be hopeful of you.” ~ David Copperfield

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