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Charles Dickens
(1812 - 1870)

1812 Born 7 February at Landport, Portsmouth
1814 Father transferred to London
1816 Father transferred to Chatham
1821 Father loses post, family moves to Camden Town, London
1824 Father arrested for debt and consigned to the Marshalsea, Charles is removed from school and sent to work at a boot-blacking factory to help support the family
1827 Leaves school, works as office boy
1829 Free-lance reporter at Doctor's Commons Courts
1831 Acts as parliamentary reporter during Reform Bill agitation
1833 First published story Dinner at Poplar Walk
1834 Working as newspaper reporter, adopts the pseudonym "Boz"
1836 Marries Catherine Hogarth, editor of Bentley's Miscellany, first and second series of Sketches by Boz published, Pickwick Papers first appears
1837 Son Charles born, begins Oliver Twist
1838 Begins Nicholas Nickleby
1840 Begins Master Humphrey's Clock and The Old Curiosity Shop
1841 Begins Barnaby Rudge
1842 Visits Canada and the United States, American Notes published
1843 Begins Martin Chuzzlewit and A Christmas Carol
1844 Tours Italy, Switzerland and France, The Chimes is published
1845 Debut of Dickens's amateur theatrical company, Dickens returns to England, The Cricket and the Hearth published
1846 Begins Dombey and Son and The Battle of Life; travels to Lausanne, then Paris with family
1847 Returns to England
1848 The Haunted Man published
1849 Begins David Copperfield
1850 Founded Household Words
1851 Begins Bleak House
1853 Tours Italy with Augustus Egg and Wilkie Collins
1854 Begins Hard Times
1855 Begins Little Dorrit
1856 Colaborates on a play, The Frozen Deep with Wilkie Collins; purchases Gad's Hill
1857 Falls in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress
1858 Separates from wife
1859 Begins new weekly- All the Year Round, A Tale of Two Cities begun
1860 Great Expectations begins
1864 Our Mutual Friend begins, health begins to fail
1867 Embarks on an American reading tour
1869 Begins The Mystery of Edwin Drood
1870 Dies 9 June

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