My favorite English-writing author
Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was born in 1812 in Portsmouth. He was the second child of a clerk in the Navy Pay Office. His childhood wasn’t happy because of his father’s inability to sty out of debt. This led to his father’s imprisonment and Charles was sent to work in a warehouse. Memories of this time haunted him for the rest of his life. In spite of parents´ failure to educate him, Dickens worked hard and became a clerk in a solicitor’s office, then a reporter of Parliamentary debates for the Morning Chronicle.
With Oliver Twist Dickens began his indictment of the cruelty that children suffer in the hands of society. While he was working on Oliver Twist, Dickens learned of the death of his beloved sister-in-law, Mary. The grief he displayed in his work.
Dickens followed the success of Oliver Twist with Nicolas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge.
He travelled to America. He supported the abolition of slavery there. On his return to England he wrote Christmas Books.
After the publication of Dombey and Son Dickens’s novels became increasingly sombre. Between 1850 and his death in 1870 Dickens published Little Dorrit, David Copperfield, Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities. His last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, was never completed and was later published posthumously.
Dickens was buried in Poets´ Corner at Westminster Abbey.
Dickens is well known for his cruel, comic and repugnant characters. He is one of the most popular writers in the world.