Honors World Literature
December 2, 2012
Charles Dickens Biography
Charles Dickens had a harder life than most children his age, especially compared to children in the twenty-first century. Many feelings and events from throughout his life are reflected in his writings. Charles Dickens’ writing was greatly influenced from events in both his early life and later life.
Charles John Huffam Dickens was born in February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England. He had seven siblings and was the second born child. When Dickens was four years old, his family moved to Chatham, Kent in the countryside. Dickens and his family continued to move around multiple times when he was a child due to financial problems. From the age of five to ten Dickens’ mother taught him to read and he went through all of his father’s books after that. Dickens also went to a few Shakespeare plays and grew a love for the theater. This is thought to be the golden age of Dickens’ life and he tried to recreate it in his first novel called The Pickwick Papers. When the Dickens family moved to Camden Town Charles was taken out of school to help with chores around the house. The family’s debt became so large that John Dickens, Charles’ father, was sent to prison in 1824. After his father was sent away, Charles had to begin working at real jobs to help support his family. Charles felt betrayed because the adults in his life who were supposed to provide for him weren’t, and these feelings of abandonment and betrayal later became reoccurring themes in his writings. In December of 1833 sketches by Charles were published in the Monthly Magazine and were later compiled into a book called Sketches by Boz, Illustrative of Everyday Life and Everyday People. This book being published really launched his career as a novelist. The early life of Charles Dickens greatly influenced the novels he wrote later in life.
The later life of Charles Dickens also impacted his writings. In...