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Charles Dickens was a nineteenth-century novelist who was and still is very popular He was born in Landport a region of Portsmouth on February 7 1812 Kyle 1 Charles Dickens was the son of John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow John Dickens was a minor government official who worked in the Navy Pay Office Through his work there he met Elizabeth and eventually married her By 1821 when Charles was four months old John Dickens could no longer afford the rent on his house John Dickens loved to entertain his friends with drinks and conversation Throughout his life he was very short of money and in debt He often had to borrow money to pay off the debt and borrow more money to pay off the people he borrowed the money from Later on John Dickens was transferred again to work in the naval dockyard at Chatman It was here that Charles Dickens earliest and clearest memories were formed Mankowitz 9-14 Charles education included being taught at home by his mother attending a Dame School at Chatman for a short time and Wellington Academy in London He was further educated by reading widely in the British Museum Huffam In late 1822 John was needed back at the London office so they had to move to London This gave Charles opportunities to walk around the town with his father and take in the sights sounds and smells of the area This gave him early inspiration that he would use later on in his life when he started to write Mankowitz 13-14 James Lamert the owner of a boot-blacking factory saw the conditions that the Dickens family was going through He offered Charles a job there and he was paid six shillings a week which was reasonable at that time Soon he was moved downstairs in the sweatshop-like room Charles had been
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