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Charles Dickens was born at Landport in Portsea on February 7 1812 His father John Dickens was a clerk in the Navy Pay-Office and was temporarily on duty in the neighborhood when Charles was born He spent time in prison for debts But even when he was free he lacked the money to support his family Then when Charles was two they moved to London At the age of 12 Charles worked in a London factory pasting labels on bottles of shoe polish He held the job only for a few months but the misery of the experience remain with him all his life Dickens attended school off and on until he was 15 and then left for good He enjoyed reading and was especially fond of adventure stories fairy tales and novels He was influenced by such earlier English writers as William Shakespeare Tobias Smollet and Henry Fielding However most of the knowledge he later used as an author came from his environment around him Dickens became a newspaper writer and reporter in the late 1820s He specialized in covering debates in Parliament and also wrote feature articles His work as a reporter sharpened his naturally keen ear for conversation and helped develop his skill in portraying his characters realistically It also increased his ability to observe and to write swiftly and clearly Dickens first book Sketches by Boz 1836 consisted of articles he wrote for the Monthly Magazine and the London Evening Chronicles On April 2 1836 he married Catherine Hogarth This was just a few days before the anoucement that on the 31st he would have his first work printed in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club At 24 Dickens became famous and was so until he died For his writing in this monthly magazine In 1837 Catherines sister Mary died Because of her
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