He was the author of 15 novels. However, one of those is incomplete. He also wrote short stories, essays, articles and novellas.
His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district.
His early life seems to have been idyllic, though he thought himself a "very small and not-over-particularly-taken-care-of boy". His wife and youngest children joined him there, as was the practice at the time.
Pipchin" in Dombey and Son. Later, he lived in a back-attic in the house of an agent for the Insolvent CourtArchibald Russell, "a fat, good-natured, kind old gentleman The strenuous and often harsh working conditions made a lasting impression on Dickens and later influenced his fiction and essays, becoming the foundation of his interest in the reform of socio-economic and labour conditions, the rigours of which he believed were unfairly borne by the poor.
He later wrote that he wondered "how I could have been so easily cast away at such an age".
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 grey 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.
Life and Writings of Charles Dickens [Phebe A. Hanaford] on alphabetnyc.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marksAuthor: Phebe A. Hanaford. Charles Dickens, his life, writings, and personality [Frederic George Kitton] on alphabetnyc.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is a reproduction of a book published before This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pagesAuthor: Frederic George Kitton. The Life of Charles Dickens: His Llife, Writings, and Personality by Frederic G. Kitton The story of Charles Dickens's life is a truly remarkable rags-to-riches tale. His father's bankruptcy and imprisonment led to Dickens working in a blacking factory at an early age.
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.
On the expectation of this legacy, Dickens was released from prison. Under the Insolvent Debtors ActDickens arranged for payment of his creditors, and he and his family left Marshalsea,  for the home of Mrs Roylance. He did not consider it to be a good school: He was a gifted mimic and impersonated those around him: He went to theatres obsessively—he claimed that for at least three years he went to the theatre every single day.
His favourite actor was Charles Mathewsand Dickens learnt his monopolylogues, farces in which Mathews played every characterby heart.
InDickens met his first love, Maria Beadnell, thought to have been the model for the character Dora in David Copperfield. Drawn to the theatre—he became an early member of the Garrick  —he landed an acting audition at Covent Garden, where the manager George Bartley and the actor Charles Kemble were to see him.
Dickens prepared meticulously and decided to imitate the comedian Charles Mathews, but ultimately he missed the audition because of a cold. Before another opportunity arose, he had set out on his career as a writer. His journalism, in the form of sketches in periodicals, formed his first collection of pieces, published in Sketches by Boz —Boz being a family nickname he employed as a pseudonym for some years.
When pronounced by anyone with a head cold, "Moses" became "Boses"—later shortened to Boz. He began a friendship with William Harrison Ainsworththe author of the highwayman novel Rookwoodwhose bachelor salon in Harrow Road had become the meeting place for a set that included Daniel MacliseBenjamin DisraeliEdward Bulwer-Lyttonand George Cruikshank.
All these became his friends and collaborators, with the exception of Disraeli, and he met his first publisher, John Macrone, at the house. Seymour committed suicide after the second instalment, and Dickens, who wanted to write a connected series of sketches, hired " Phiz " to provide the engravings which were reduced from four to two per instalment for the story.
The resulting story became The Pickwick Papersand though the first few episodes were not successful, the introduction of the Cockney character Sam Weller in the fourth episode the first to be illustrated by Phiz marked a sharp climb in its popularity.
Dickens became very attached to Mary, and she died in his arms after a brief illness in Unusually for Dickens, as a consequence of his shock, he stopped working, and he and Kate stayed at a little farm on Hampstead Heath for a fortnight.
Dickens idealised Mary- the character he fashioned after her, Rose Mayliehe found he could not now kill, as he had planned, in his fiction  and according to Ackroyd he drew on memories of her for his later descriptions of Little Nell and Florence Dombey.
The young Queen Victoria read both Oliver Twist and Pickwick, staying up until midnight to discuss them. He declared they were both to drown there in the "sad sea waves".
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Learn more Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a . Charles Dickens (), English Victorian era author wrote numerous highly acclaimed novels including his most autobiographical David Copperfield (); “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
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Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marksAuthor: Phebe A. Hanaford. The Life of Charles Dickens Dickens was driven to achieve success from the days of his boyhood. With little formal education, he taught himself, worked furiously at everything he undertook and rocketed to fame as a writer in his mid-twenties.
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Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin From his sensational public appearances to the obsessive love affair that led him to betray, deceive, and break with those closest to him, Charles Dickens: A Life is a triumph of the biographer’s craft, a comedy that turns to tragedy in a story worthy of Dickens’ own pen.