Charles Dickens Timeline
Here’s a list of facts, events and dates in the life of Charles Dickens.
Charles John Huffman Dickens is born on February 7, 1812 to John and Elizabeth Dickens.
1824 was the darkest year in Dickens’s life. His father, John Dickens was arrested for debt and sent to the Marshalsea prison. The family needed money and sent Charles to work in Warren’s Blacking Factory.
In May of 1827 Charles Dickens takes a position as the clerk of an attorney.
Dickens meets Maria Beadnell, his first love interest.
Began using the pseudonym “Boz“. Meets his future wife, Catherine Hogarth.
Dickens becomes engaged to Catherine.
His daughter, Kate, is born on October 29, 1839.
Publication of The Old Curiosity Shop begins.
Charles and Catherine travel to America. Late in 1842 or early in the next year Dickens begins work on Martin Chuzzlewit.
In September of 1843 Dickens and Clarkson Stanfield visit the Field Lane Ragged School.
A Christmas Carol is published on December 19, 1843.
His son Francis Jeffrey (Frank) is born on January 15, 1844.
Dickens and family travel to Italy. Dickens treats Madame de la Rue with mesmerism.
Another son, Alfred, is born.
Dickens and his family travel to Switzerland. Publication of Dombey and Son begins.
His son, Sydney, is born.
Dickens’s sister, Fanny, dies. The Haunted Man, his last Christmas book is published.
His daughter, Dora Annie Dickens, is born.
Catherine Dickens suffers a nervous collapse. John Dickens, the father of Charles Dickens, dies. Dora Dickens dies when she is only eight months old. What Shall we have for Dinner?, a cookbook by Catherine Dickens is published.
Dickens gives his first public reading of one of his works.
Hard Times is published.
Dickens separates from Catherine, his wife.
A Tale of Two Cities is published.
Dickens’ mother, Elizabeth, dies. Dickens begins work on Our Mutual Friend.
On June 9, 1865 Dickens is involved in the Staplehurst railway accident. Ellen Ternan and her mother were also on the train with him that day.
Dickens tours America for the second time.
He gives his first Murder of Nancy reading.
Dickens is ordered by doctors to discontinue readings. Dickens begins writing The Mystery of Edwin Drood.