Charles Dickens (2599 words)

  • Grahame Smith (University of Stirling)
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Dickens aged 37 in 1849

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Landport, Portsmouth. The family moved to London in 1815, and to Sheerness and then Chatham, both in Kent, in 1817. Chatham remained Dickens's home until a crucial move back to London in 1823. These changes were necessitated by his father's job as a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, a position which placed the family firmly in the reasonably well-to-do lower middle class. Dickens's immediate family background was an interesting one. His mother, Elizabeth, came from solidly comfortable origins. Her father was C…

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Smith, Grahame. "Charles Dickens". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
[, accessed 17 January 2018.]

Articles on Dickens' works

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  2. A Tale of Two Cities
  3. All the Year Round
  4. American Notes for General Circulation
  5. Bleak House
  6. Daily News
  7. David Copperfield
  8. Dombey and Son
  9. Great Expectations
  10. Household Words
  11. Little Dorrit
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  13. Nicholas Nickleby
  14. Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy's Progress
  15. Our Mutual Friend
  16. Sketches by 'Boz', Illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People
  17. The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  18. The Old Curiosity Shop
  19. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, containing a faithful record of the Perambulations, Perils, Travels, Adventures and Sporting Transactions of the Corresponding Members

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