Charles Dickens

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Biography Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 at Landport, a suburb of Portsmouth. Charles Dickens was the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens. John was transferred to London in 1814. His father John was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office. He didn't make the right choices when it came to finance, he became imprisoned because of his debt. His wife and children were put to work. Charles was an exception he was put to work at the Warren's Blacking Factory. Only being able to see his father on Sundays. When all the debts were mostly paided off his father was released. By this time Charles was twelve years and was psychologically damaged by the experience. His mother made it worse by forcing him to keep working at the factory.

Between the years of 1824 and 1827 he was a student in a London school. When he was fifteen he was taken from school, he found a job as an office boy while he kept up his studies at night.

The time at the factory still haunts him and he will never speak of it, only to his wife and close friend. This dark secret was inspiration was creating the themes for "David Copperfield" and also "Great Expectations". These themes include: alienation and betrayal.

C. Falk and A. Windsor 4 Charles next adventure was a job as a free-lance reporter at Doctor's Common Courts. Soon after in 1930 he meets his first love Maria Beadnell. He had become very successful in 1832 as a shorthand reporter of parliamentary debates in the House of Commons. He began to work as a reporter for a newspaper. In 1933 his relationship ended with Maria. In the same year his first published story "Dinner a Popular walk" was in a magazine followed...