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Charles Dickens Charles John Huffman Dickens was born in Portsmouth on Feb 71812 He moved with his family to London when he was about 2 years old Many events and people in his books were based on events and people in his life He was the son of a clerk who was imprisoned for debt Even when his father was free there was not enough money to support the family adequately So Charles was taken out of school at the age of 12 to go to work in a factory pasting labels on bottles He only had the job for a few months but the shock affected him deeply The images of prison life and of mistreated or lost children appeared in many of his novels Charles attended school off and on until the age of 15 when he left for good He loved reading and was influenced by some of the early English writers like William Shakespeare But most of his knowledge that he used as an author came from what he observed around him He was a keen observer of life and had a great understanding of human nature particularly of young people Dickens became a newspaper reporter in the late 1820s He covered debates in Parliament and wrote feature articles of the ever changing London scene Dickens first publication was done under the pseudonym Boz in 1836 It consisted of articles he wrote for the Monthly Magazine and the Evening Chronicle These articles surveyed manners and conditions of the time Dickens personal unhappiness marred his public success In 1836 he married Catherine Hogarth Her sister Mary died in 1837 and Dickens suffered great grief This led many to believe that he loved Mary more than his wife Although Catherine was not real intelligent she was a good woman She and Charles had 10 children but they separated in 1858 after 22 years of marriage Dickens had a lot of mental
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