Today marks the 203rd birth anniversary of the literary giant, Charles John Huffam Dickens.
Born on 7th February, 1812 in Portsmouth, England, Dickens is one of the most popular and widely read English writers of all times.
With rich and interesting characters and a compelling story, his novels are a favorite among people of all age groups. Having faced hardships in his own childhood, Dickens wrote about poor people and children in particular in his novels.
Before he started writing books, Dickens kept himself busy in different jobs as junior clerk in law offices and a freelance writer. Dickens started his career with the pen-name “Boz” and his first major success came from “The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club”.
After this, Dickens started publishing a magazine by the name of “Bentley’s Miscellany”. In the same magazine, he started publishing his novel “Oliver Twist” in regular monthly installments. Some of Dickens best works include his novels; A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations.
In 1836, Dickens married Catherine Thomson “Kate” Dickens, together the couple had ten children. However, the marriage ended in the year 1858.
In the unfortunate year of 1865, Dickens became the victim of a train accident and could not fully recover. Dickens suffered a stroke on 9th June, 1870 which proved fatal and he passed away at the age of 58. Before his death, Dickens was working on a novel called “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” which could not be completed due to his death. His final resting place is in the Westminster Abbey, England.
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