Report on the life of Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens was a nineteenth-century novelist who was and still is very popular. He was born in Landport, a region of Portsmouth, on February 7, 1812 (Kyle 1).

Charles Dickens was the son of John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow. John

Dickens was a minor government official who worked in the Navy Pay Office. Through

his work there, he met Elizabeth and eventually married her. By 1821, when Charles was

four months old, John Dickens could no longer afford the rent on his house. John

Dickens loved to entertain his friends with drinks and conversation. Throughout his life,

he was very short of money and in debt. He often had to borrow money to pay off the

debt and borrow more money to pay off the people he borrowed the money from. Later

on, John Dickens was transferred again to work in the naval dockyard at Chatman. It was

here that Charles Dickens' earliest and clearest memories were formed (Mankowitz


Charles' education included being taught at home by his mother, attending a

Dame School at Chatman for a short time, and Wellington Academy in London. He was

further educated by reading widely in the British Museum (Huffam).

In late 1822, John was needed back at the London office, so they had to move to

London. This gave Charles opportunities to walk around the town with his father and

take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the area. This gave him early inspiration that he

would use later on in his life when he started to write (Mankowitz 13-14).

James Lamert, the owner of a boot-blacking factory, saw the conditions that the

Dickens family was going through. He offered Charles a job there and he was paid six

shillings a week which was reasonable at that time. Soon, he was...