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Charles dickens 2 again

Charles Dickens: Biography


This report will talk about the life of a famous author, Charles Dickens. It

will tell you about his early, middle, and later years of his life. It will also

talk about one of his great works of literature. In conclusion, this report will

show a comparison of his work to his life.


Charles Dickens was born at Landport, in Portsea, on February 7, 1812. His

father was a clerk in the Navy Pay-Office, and was temporarily on duty in the

neighborhood when Charles was born. His name was John Dickens. He spent time in

prison for debts. But, even when he was free he lacked the money to support his

family. Then, when Charles was two they moved to London. 1

Just before he started to toddle, he stepped into the glare of footlights. He

never stepped out of it until he died. He was a good man, as men go in the

bewildering world of ours, brave, transparent, tender-hearted, and honorable.

Dickens was always a little too irritable because he was a little too happy.

Like the over-wrought child in society, he was splendidly sociable, and in and

yet sometimes quarrelsome. In all the practical relations of his life he was

what the child is at a party, genuinely delighted, delightful, affectionate and

happy, and in some strange way fundamentally sad and dangerously close to tears.


At the age of 12 Charles worked in a London factory pasting labels on bottles of

shoe polish. He held the job only for a few months, but the misery of the

experience remain with him all his life. 3

Dickens attended school off and on until he was 15, and then left for good. He

enjoyed reading and was especially fond of adventure stories, fairy tales, and

novels. He was influenced by such earlier English writers as William Shakespeare,

Tobias Smollet, and Henry Fielding. However, most of the knowledge he later used

as an author came from his environment around him. 4


Dickens became a newspaper writer and reporter in the late 1820's. He

specialized in covering debates in Parliament, and also wrote feature articles.

His work as a reporter sharpened his naturally keen ear for conversation and

helped develop his skill in portraying his characters speach realistically. It

also increased his ability to observe and to write swiftly and clearly. Dickens'

first book, Sketches by Boz (1836) consisted of articles he wrote for the

Monthly Magazine and the London Evening Chronicles.5

On April 2, 1836 he married Catherine Hogarth. This was just a few days before

the anoucement that on the 31st he would have his first work printed in The

Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. And this was the beginning of his career.


Then, at 24, Dickens became famous and was so until he died. He won his first

literary fame with The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Published in

monthly parts in 1836 and 1837 the book describes the humorous adventure and

misadventures of the English Countryside. After a slow start, The Pickwick

Papers as the book was usually called gained a popularity seldom matched in the

history of literature. 7

Then in 1837, Catherine's sister Mary, died. Because of her death Dickens'

suffered a lot of grief. This led some scholars to believe that Dickens loved

Mary more than Catherine. Catherine was a good woman but she lacked intelligence.

Dickens and Catherine had 10 children. Then later in 1858, the couple seperated.



His later years was basically consisting of two main additions to his previous


The first was a series of public readings and lectures which he began giving it

systematically. And second, he was a successive editor. Dickens had been many

things in his life; he was a reporter , an actor, a conjurer, a poet, a lecturer,

and a editor and he enjoyed all of those things. 9

Dickens had a remarkable mental and physical energy. He recorded all his

activites in thousands of letter, many of which made delightful readings. He

spent much of his later life with crowded social friends from arts and

literature. He also went to the theater as often as he could, cause he loved

drama. Dickens also produced and acted in small theaters to give public readings

of his work.10

Besides doing all this after his retirement he got involved in various charities

. These charities included schools for poor children and a loan society to

enable the poor to prove to Australia. 11

Then about 1865 his health started to decline and he died of a stroke on June 9,

1870. 12

Dicken's Work

The Great Expectations

This story talks about a guy who is in love with a girl. It is the theme of a

youths discovery of the realities of life. An unknown person provides the young

hero, Pip, with money so that he can live as a gentleman. Pip's pride is

shattered when he learns that he loses Estella forever, the source of his "great

expectation". Only by painfully revising his values does Pip reestablish his

life on a foundation of sympathy, rather than on vanity, possesions, and social



His work of Great Expectation is very related with his life. It deals with the

same problems he faced when he lost Catherine and how his life was before he

became rich and famous. He also created scenes and descriptions of places that

have longed delighted readers. Dickens was a keen observer of life and had a

great understanding of humanity, especially of young people. The warmth and

humor of his personality appeared in all of his works. Perhaps in no other large

body of fiction does the reader receive so strong and agreeable impression of

the person behind the story.


1. G. K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens The Last of The Great

Men, American Book-Stratford Press, NY., 1942 pg.19

2. Ibid, pg. 21-22

3. Johnson, Edgar, His Tragedy and Triumph. Rev. ed.

Viking, 1977, pg. 20

4. Ibid, pg. 27

5. World Book Encyclopedia, Random House, NY., 1990 pg. 193

6. G. K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens The Last of the Great

Men, American Book-Stratford Press, NY., 1942 pg. 50

7. World Book Encyclopedia, Random House, NY., 1990 pg. 193

8. Johnson, Edgar, His Tragedy and Triumph. Rev. ed.

Viking, 1977, pg. 53

9. G. K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens The Last of the Great

Men, American Book-Stratford Press, NY., 1942 pg. 167

10. World Book Encyclopedia, Random House, NY., 1990 pg.195

11. Ibid

12. Ibid


Chesterton, G.K., "The Last of the Great Men" American

Book-Stratford Press, NY., 1942.

Johnson, Edgar, "His Tragedy and Triumph" Rev. ed.

Viking, 1977.

World Book Encyclopedia, Random House, NY., 1990

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