Dickens was born Charles John Huffam Dickens on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, Hampshire. He was the second of eight children. In 1816, the family moved to Chatham, Kent, and In 1822, to Camden Town, which was then a poor neighborhood of London.  Dickens' father John was sent to prison for debt in 1824, and as a result the 12 year old Dickens was forced to leave school to work at a boot-blacking factory alongside the River Thames. Fortunately his situation eased when his father received a family inheritance and used it to pay off his debts, so that Charles was able to return to school. However, In 1827, he had to drop out of school again and work as an office boy to contribute to his family’s income. Within a year of being hired, he began freelance reporting at the law courts of London, and Just a few years later, he was reporting for two major London newspapers. 

Dickens married Catherine Hogarth soon after his first book, Sketches by Boz, was published, but after having fathered ten children, he separated from Catherine and struck up a relationship with a young actrees Ellen "Nelly" Ternan.

Throughout his career, Dickens published a total of 15 novels. 

After suffering a stroke, Dickens died at age 58 on June 9, 1870, at Gad’s Hill Place, his country home in Kent. Five years earlier, Dickens had been in a train accident and never fully recovered. Despite his fragile condition, he continued to tour until shortly before his death. He was buried in Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey,

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