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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, probably the most popular story that Charles Dickens ever wrote, was published in 1843. The book is as popular today as it was over 150 years ago. Dickens, through the voice of Scrooge, continues to urge us to honor Christmas in our hearts and try to keep the ...

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Charles Dickens Timeline

Charles Dickens was born on February 7th in 1812 and died in 1870. View a timeline of noteworthy events and facts, both professional and personal, in his life.

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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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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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Placing a value on old books

Placing a Value on Old Books

What would you do if you were cleaning the attic and found an old volume of Oliver Twist or Great Expectations? You'd probably wonder how much it was worth! Here are some resources that can help.

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Random Dickens Quote

Random Charles Dickens Quote

What quote will you get? Check out the Charles Dickens random quote generator. It pulls quotes from one of the largest collections of Dickens quotes anywhere.

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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.