Charles Dickens: His Life (just some facts).

Charles Dickens was an English Victorian era author who wrote numerous highly acclaimed novels including his most autobiographical David Copperfield (1848-1850).

In the nineteenth century everyone, from Queen Victoria to street sweepers, either read Dickens or had Dickens read to them!

Full Name:

Charles John Huffam Dickens (early alias: Boz)

Date of Birth:

Friday, February 7, 1812

Place of Birth:

No. 1 Mile End Terrace, Landport, Portsmouth England


Father-John Dickens (1785-1851); Mother-Elizabeth Dickens (1789-1863)


Approx. one year at William Giles' school in Chatham, Kent (age 9-11); nearly three years Wellington House Academy in London (age 13-15); beyond this, largely self-educated.

First Published Story:

A Dinner at Poplar Walk published in Monthly Magazine (December 1833)


Catherine (Hogarth) Dickens (1815-1879) : married April 2, 1836 in St. Luke's Church, Chelsea : Separated 1858


Date of Death:

Thursday, June 9, 1870 (stroke)

Place of Burial:

Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, London

A Defining Episode in Dickens' Life:

Charles' father was imprisoned for debt when Charles was twelve years old. That Charles was sent to work in a factory to help support the family is absolutely essential in knowing and understanding him. This episode seemed to put a stain on the clever, sensitive boy that colored everything he accomplished, though he never told the story except obliquely through his fiction.