Person:Charles Dickens (7)

Charles John Huffam Dickens
m. 13 Jun 1809
  1. Frances Elizabeth Dickens1810 -
  2. Charles John Huffam Dickens1812 - 1870
  3. Alfred Allen Dickens1814 -
  4. Harriet Ellen Dickens1819 -
  5. Frederick William Dickens1820 - 1868
  6. Alfred Lamert Dickens1822 - 1860
  7. Augustus Newnham Dickens1827 - 1866
m. 2 Apr 1836
  1. Charles Dickens, Jr.1837 - 1896
  2. Mary Dickens1838 - 1896
  3. Catherine Elizabeth Macready Dickens1839 - 1929
  4. Walter Landor Dickens1841 - 1863
  5. Francis Dickens1844 - 1886
  6. Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens1845 - 1912
  7. Sydney Smith Haldimand Dickens1847 - 1872
  8. Henry Fielding Dickens1849 - 1933
  9. Dora Annie Dickens1850 - 1851
  10. Edward Dickens1852 - 1902
  • HCharles John Huffam Dickens1812 - 1870
  • WEllen Ternan1839 - 1914
m. abt 1858
Facts and Events
Name Charles John Huffam Dickens
Alt Name Boz
Gender Male
Birth[1] 7 Feb 1812 Portsmouth, Hampshire, EnglandCharles Dickens' Birthplace Museum
Christening[3] 4 Mar 1812 Portsea, Hampshire, EnglandSt Mary
Marriage 2 Apr 1836 Chelsea, London, EnglandSt Luke's Church
to Catherine 'Kate' Thompson Hogarth
Marriage abt 1858  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Ellen Ternan
Death[1] 9 Jun 1870 Higham, Kent, EnglandGads Hill Place
Burial[1][2] Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, EnglandPoets' Corner

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Charles John Huffam Dickens (; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular.

Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens was forced to leave school to work in a factory when his father was thrown into debtors' prison. Although he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. Over his career he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.

Dickens sprang to fame with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly installments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication. The installment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback.[1] For example, when his wife's chiropodist expressed distress at the way Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield seemed to reflect her disabilities, Dickens went on to improve the character with positive features. Fagin in Oliver Twist apparently mirrors the famous fence Ikey Solomon; His caricature of Leigh Hunt in the figure of Mr Skimpole in Bleak House was likewise toned down on advice from some of his friends, as they read episodes. In the same novel, both Lawrence Boythorne and Mooney the beadle are drawn from real life—Boythorne from Walter Savage Landor and Mooney from 'Looney', a beadle at Salisbury Square. His plots were carefully constructed, and Dickens often wove in elements from topical events into his narratives. Masses of the illiterate poor chipped in ha'pennies to have each new monthly episode read to them, opening up and inspiring a new class of readers.

Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, is one of the most influential works ever written, and it remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. His creative genius has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to G. K. Chesterton and George Orwell—for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand Oscar Wilde, Henry James and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Charles Dickens, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. Charles Dickens, in Find A Grave.
  3. FamilySearch. England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. (Online: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.), Primary quality.

    ch. 4 Mar 1812, St Mary, Portsea, Hampshire, England: Charles John Huffham, son of John & Elizabeth Dickens