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Many people have heard of the world-renowned English novelist Charles Dickens Throughout his life he wrote many novels such as Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities but they didnt die with him Instead they still thrive in popularity today as does his name Dickens is a marvelous man with an intriguing background Charles John Haffam Dickens was born February 7 1812 in Portsea England to John and Elizabeth Dickens He was the second child of eight children Dickens father a clerk in the navy although paid well often had debts and such due to his inability to wisely use money When Dickens was two years old his family moved to London Later that same year they moved to Chatham While there Dickens and his father would often take walks It was during one of these walks that he saw a grand old house called Gads Hill Place which was near Rochester Kent He fell in love with its romanticism and grandeur and determined to someday own it Dickens lived in relative peace until his family was put into Marshalsea Debtors Prison located in London on February 2 1824 when he was twelve years old During the time in which his family was imprisoned the young Dickens worked at Warrens Boot Blackening Warehouse in Hungerford Market where his job was pasting labels on bottles of polish from sun-up to sundown After a few months of starvation and child labor Charles Dickens grandmother die leaving his father John Dickens enough money to pay his debts and free his family from prison Once his family had been freed Dickens was able to go to school He attended school off and on for two years finally stopping his formal education entirely by becoming a clerk in a law office at age fifteen Later he became a news reporter His first publication Sketches by Boz came out when he was twenty-four years old in the year 1836 Within
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