Charles Dickens - Biography
Charles Dickens (Huffman) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, on Febuary 7th 1812. His family usaully moved from placet o place but in 1816 Charles spent his childhood in Chattam, Kent. Due to the financial difficulties they moved back to London in 1822 where they settled in a poor neighbourhood in Camden Town. When he was 12 years old his father was arrested for not being able to pay his debt and because of this Charles had to withdraw himself from school and starter working in a warehouse that handled “blacking” or shoe polish to help support the family. After a few months his father was released and Charles was allowed to go back to school. In 1830s he worked as a newspaper reporter and in 1833 he began to contribute short stories and essays to periodicals.
Dickens first book was pubblished in 1836 and it was a collection of stories titled Sketches by Boz; in the same year he married his wife Catherine Hogarth and together they had ten children (10) before they separated in 1858.
Charles Dickens died at home on June 9th 1870 after suffering a stroke, and he was buried in the poets’ corner of Wastminster Abbey.