Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the greatest and most popular writers in the history of literature. In his novels, Dickens combines masterly storytelling, humor, pathos, and irony with sharp social criticism and acute observation of people and places, both real and imagined.
On February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, England, Charles Dickens was born to John and Elizabeth Dickens. Charles was the second of eight children. He spent most of his childhood in London, the setting for
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constant stream of novels. He would write such classics as A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and A Tale of Two Cities. For a list of all his major works visit my WORKS page.
All these successes, however, were shadowed by domestic unhappiness. He separated from his wife in 1858, after the marriage had produced ten children. He suffered a fatal stroke on June 9, 1870, and was buried in Westminster Abby five days later.