Biography on Dickens


Charles Dickens, the writer of The Christmas Carol, was born on 7 February 1812, in Landport, Portsmouth, in Hampshire England. His father and mother were John and Elizabeth Dickens. At the age of five, Charles Dickens moved aswell as at the age of ten. He moved, at ten, to 16 Bayham Street, Camden Town, in London. As a child Charles Dickens described himself as a "very small and not-over-particularly-taken-care-of boy." He usually spent his time outside, but he also craved books and was eager to read. His family's early, moderate wealth provided Charles Dickens with some private education. However his family's wealth came to an end when his father, after having spent beyond his means in entertaining, and in retaining his social position, was sent to jail. Not very long before his father had been arrested, Charles Dickens had been working a ten hour long day at a warehouse. Pretty scary to think of someone so young, working such a long time. The bad working conditions that he had to suffer through left a deep mark in Charles Dickens. At work, the workers, usually children, suffered cruelty and often very hard work. These influences later affected what he wrote about.

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From John Forster:
"The blacking-warehouse was the last house on the left-hand side of the way, at old Hungerford Stairs. It was a crazy, tumble-down old house, abutting of course on the river, and literally overrun with rats. Its wainscoted rooms, and its rotten floors and staircase, and the old gray rats swarming down in the cellars, and the sound of their squeaking and scuffling coming up the stairs at all times, and the dirt and decay of the place, rise up visibly before me, as if I were there again. The counting-house was on the first floor, looking over the coal-barges and the river. There was a recess in it, in which I was to sit and work. My work was to cover the pots of paste-blacking; first with a piece of oil-paper, and then with a piece of blue paper; to tie them round with a string; and then to clip the paper close and neat, all round, until it looked as smart as a pot of ointment from an apothecary's shop. When a certain number of grosses of pots had attained this pitch of perfection, I was to paste on each a printed label, and then go on again with more pots. Two or three other boys were kept at similar duty down-stairs on similar wages. One of them came up, in a ragged apron and a paper cap, on the first Monday morning, to show me the trick of using the string and tying the knot. His name was Bob Fagin; and I took the liberty of using his name, long afterwards, in Oliver Twist." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dickens)
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After a few months in jail, John Dickens' grandmother died leaving him in her will to receive about 450 pounds. This allowed him to get out of jail, and help his family get out of debt. He had several jobs before" "Dickens applied for a reader's ticket at the British Museum where he read with eager industry the works of Shakespeare, Goldsmith's History of England, and Berger's Short Account of the Roman Senate. He wrote for True Sun (1830-32), Mirror of Parliament (1832-34), and the Morning Chronicle (1834-36). Dickens gained soon the reputation as "the fastest and most accurate man in the Gallery", and he could celebrate his prosperity with "a new hat and a very handsome blue cloak with velvet facings," as one of his friends described his somewhat dandyish outlook. In the 1830s Dickens contributed to Monthly Magazine and The Evening Chronicle and edited Bentley's Miscellany. These years left Dickens with lasting affection for journalism and suspicious attitude towards unjust laws. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays to appeared in periodicals." " (http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/dickens.htm)
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Dickens Childhood


Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 and was the second out of eight children. His full birth name was Charles John Huffman Dickens. His two parents were John and Elizabeth Dickens. As a child Charles Dickens wanted to have education and when he grew up, he wanted to become a gentleman. As a child, he enjoyed being outside and reading. When he was 12, his father went to jail because he became in dept. The reason that his father was sent to prison, was not because his family was poor, for his family was of Middle class wealth, but because his father did not manage his money very well. He spent his money more for parties and luxuries than for anything else. For this reason Charles Dickens started working in a Warren's boot- blacking factory, working for 10 hours each day! Pretty hard to think when we go to school for not even nine hours. You know? But, even after having an inheritance, Charles's mother wanted him to stay working, leading to cruel feeling towards his mother later on in life. (One harsh Mom, or at least one who wants to make some money). Have you ever wondered why you go to school? Why don't our parents take us out of school? Is it because they "care", or because they want chatter boxes out of the house? What would you do if your parents took you out of school?


Dickens' Schooling
As a child, Charles Dickens wanted to have education. (Unlike drop outs that there are now-a-days). Fortunately for him, his parents had been saving some money up for his family's educational purposes. However, sadly because Charles Dickens was one of the oldest children in his family, and because of his father's imprisonment, he was taken out of school and sent to work in a shoe-dying factory. What would happen if he WASN'T the youngest and taken out of school? Would that change how good his books are? Or his future? However, these circumstances did help shape his future self in writing and in his career. His schooling ultimately ended when Dickens was forced to return to work at the age of 15. His jobs were first when he became a clerk in a law firm, then he became a shorthand reporter in the courts, and finally he became a parliamentary and newspaper reporter. That is quite a lot of jobs to think of to be doing back in his age of time. He contributed short stories in the newspapers and made a comic series. Dickens' career continued at a high pace for the next several years. He wrote the book Oliver Twist and many other books that boosted his fame. Dickens had very little time to work due to his constant pace of work. Can you even think of how stressful and terrifying that would be?

If you want to know about some of the books that he wrote visit this website:
http://www.classicbookshelf.com/library/Dickens/

Here are also a list of some of the books he wrote:


  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Barnaby Rudge
  • Bleak House
  • Contributions to All The Year Round
  • David Copperfield
  • George Silverman's Explanation
  • A Christmas Carol
  • A House to Let
  • American Notes for General Circulation
  • A Message From the Sea
  • Going into Society
  • A Child's History of England
  • Great Expectations
  • Hard Times
  • Holiday Romance
  • Master Humphrey's Clock
  • Sketches
  • Oliver Twist
  • No Thoroughfare
  • Pictures From Italy
  • The Chimes
  • The Battle of Life
  • The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain
  • The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices
  • The Seven Poor Travelers
  • The Wreck of the Golden Mary
  • Three Ghost Stories
  • To be Read at Dusk


Hey, has every one finished the book yet? Well, if you have, I'd love to here what you would say about it. Plus do you think that his past affected the quality of The Christmas Carol? If you want, go ahead and add some more. Next week I will extend more about his adult life and his jobs!



Here are some cool pictures: Not all of these may be the ones you want but I tried to get the best!


Dickens'' Primary School:
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Dickens House/ museum:
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Charles Dickens in his Study
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Dickens' London:

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His Writing Desk:
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---The Coolest----
Charles Dicken's Family:


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Charles Dickens Adult Life and his Career:

As an adult he became a journalist and wrote sketches/ comics under a hidden name of "Boz".
Dickens spent most of his adult life abroad , but he died at Gadshill near Rochester in 1870. In school Dickens had enjoyed reading many different books. He first worked at a parliament building , founded by his uncle. While there he gained a lot of reputation for acrruacy, quickness, as well as sharp observations that gave people higher opinions for him. Dickens used some of his payment to mary a wife with whom he had ten children with. Dickens continuously published books and novels, as well as essays and letters to the newspaper. Charles Dickens worked no matter what his social bias was. In his writing he would usually use humor to brighten up the dark and gloomy things and truths of his novels. He always was interested in theater which later led to him producing and acting in amature dramas. Dickens last days of his life were spent at his home Gad's Hill, a place which he admired when he was a young boy. He wrote colorful and exciting novels that brought attention to the poverty and social injustices in England.

The following quotes seemed to say things that I never thought of before. These are the ones that I especially enjoyed:

"The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists."
- Charles Dickens
-- Meaning that our imaginations have already made up things, but our physical aids are what we see after we are done making it.

"We forge the chains we wear in life."
- Charles Dickens
-- Meaning that what we do will effect our future.

"Dreams are the bright creatures of poem and legend, who sport on the earth in the night season, and melt away with the first beam of the sun which lights grim care and stern reality on their daily pilgrimage through the world."
Charles Dickens
--Meaning that we let our imagination ride free and wild as we sleep.

"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."
- Charles Dickens
-- Meaning that we need to watch our actions more and worry more about our feelings that are expressed.


Please write about what you think about these quotes said by Charles Dickens! For more things to refer to visit:
http://classiclit.about.com/od/dickenscharles2/a/aa_cdickensquot.htm. Enjoy!

I recomend you read some of the following- I've read some of them too!

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Bibliography:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dickens

http://classiclit.about.com/od/dickenscharles2/a/aa_cdickensquot.htm

http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/dickens.htm


http://www.classicbookshelf.com/library/Dickens/

Google Images

http://www.biogs.com/famous/dickens.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/olivertwist/ei_whowasdickens.html




These are the sites I used. The quoted parts are the parts in which I copied and pasted because I could not think of a better way to put them.

(Some of them were opinions and personal points of view)





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