Charles John Huffam Dickens 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
Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens left school to work in a factory
after 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, 5
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
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