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Charles Dickens Biography

Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented popularity, and by the twentieth century he was widely seen as a literary genius by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular.

Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens was forced to leave school to work in a factory when his father was thrown into debtors' prison. Although he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. Over his career he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.

Dickens sprang to fame with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Charles Dickens
Full Name:
Charles John Huffam Dickens
Nationality:
United Kingdom
Profession:
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Author, Poet
Ethnicity:
English people
Religion:
Anglicanism
Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius
Date of Death:
June 9, 1870
Age at Death:
58
Cause of Death:
Stroke
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