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Charles Dickens was born on February 7th in 1812 and died in 1870. Here's a list of additional facts, events and dates in the life of Charles Dickens. The timeline also includes information about the era in which he lived.
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.
In September of 1860 Charles Dickens gathered "the accumulated letters and papers of twenty years" and set them ablaze in his backyard. Did the bonfire mark a turning point in his life or was he trying to cover his tracks?
In 1821, when Dickens was 9, he and his father took a walk through Kent. They passed a house called Gad's Hill Place. Young Charles was very impressed. Thirty-five years later Dickens bought the house that he admired as a child.
Learn about the jobs that Dickens had before he became an author and other careers that he contemplated. Other careers? Yes, 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. For Charles it was love at first sight. His mind was quickly filled with thoughts of everlasting romance and marriage. Sadly, the romance didn't go as Dickens hoped.