Charles Dickens

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  • First Job

    First Job
    In 1824, two days after his 12th birthday, Charles Dickens got his first job in a shoe factory, labeling shoe polish jars.
  • Working After Being Released From Jail

    Working After Being Released From Jail
    To increase his family's income, Dickens decided to become a law clerk.
  • Becoming A Reporter

    Becoming A Reporter
    After a year, Dickens quitted his job as a law clerk and became a freelance reporter at Doctor's Commons Courts. He also wrote for several London newspaper such as Mirror of Parliament, True Sun, Monthly Magazine, and many more.. Besides writing novels, he wrote for magazines and newspapers for most of his lifetime.
  • First Piece of Writing

    First Piece of Writing
    On November 1833, Dickens's first story, "A Dinner At Poplar Walk", appeared on the Old Monthly Magazine and he published more stories on the magazine over the next few months.
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    Sketches by Boz

    Using the pen-name of 'Boz', Dickens began contributing short stories to the Morning Chronicle and the London Evening Chronicle. These stories were so popular that they were collected together and published as a book called "Sketches by Boz."
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    Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist

    Dickens's first issue of Pickwick Papers was published on March 1836 which ended on November 1837. In 1836, he became the editor of Bentley's Miscellany. In 1837, he began writing Oliver Twist which ended in April 1839. Oliver Twist was the start of Dickens more serious novels. Dickens used the book to show how bad the situation is for a lot of people living in England at the time and also take some shots at the judicial system. Even though it was well received, it caused a huge controversy.
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    Other Projects

    On February 1839, Dickens began writing s serial novel about the miserable conditions in schools for poor children called Nicholas Nickleby which finished in October. In that same year, he also resigned as an editor of Bentley's Miscellany and began writing for the Master Humphrey's Clock.The Old Curiosity Shop which finished in February 1841 is remembered for Little Nell's death. After that, he began Barnaby Rudge and it's a historical novel about the anti-Catholic Gordon Riot of 1780.
  • Visit To America & Italy

    Visit To America & Italy
    In 1842 Dickens traveled to America because he was curious of their civilization and thought it was going to be fantastic. But it was the opposite that. He discovered that America is a land ruled by money, partly built on slavery,and has a corrupt press and unsavoury manners. That is why he decided to write a travelogue about his experience in America. This is one of his travel books and the other one being Pictures from Italy.
  • 2 Novels Published

    2 Novels Published
    Dickens published 2 novels this year: The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit which was Dickens considered one of his best works but was really disappointed in term of sales, and the almighty classic, A Christmas Carol.
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    More Christmas Books

    Knowing that A Christmas Carol was a hit, Dickens decided to write more Christmas books. The Chimes,published in 1844, is a more serious book than A Chrimstas Carol and focuses more on social problems of London. The next book being The Cricket on the Hearth (1845) which has a lighter tone. The Battle of Life (1846) is still about change of heart but now with supernatural things. And The Haunted Man (1848) goes back to A Christmas Carol with people visiting the villain guy and changing him.
  • Dickens's Theatrical Debut

    Dickens's Theatrical Debut
    In 1845, he debuted his own theatrical company.
  • Dombey and Son

    Dombey and Son
    Dickens began writing Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son and this is considered one of his more serious works. It's a realistic novel of human life in a society where businesses/wealth can affect someone. It's this book that Dickens' reputation as a world class author was established.
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    David Copperfield and 2 Magazines

    Through 1849-1850, David Copperfield was published. This novel is the most autobiographical book of Dickens and focuses on his childhood, reporter life, love life, and many more. In 1850, he began to edit a new periodical,Household Words which covers from politics to family life, etc. He stopped in 1859 and began to edit for All The Year Round.
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    Darker Novels

    After the death of his father, Dickens started to write novels which are considered to be "darker." The first novel being Bleak House (1852-1853) which takes his observations from being a reporter and illustrates the evils caused by long, drawn-out suits in the Courts of Chancery. The next novel Hard Times (1854), is about how people value facts and actions more than people's feelings. Another dark novel is Little Dorrit (1855-1857) and it's about his memories from his dad's imprisonments.
  • Public Readings

    Public Readings
    In 1853 Dickens began giving public readings of his works. First, it was for charity, and beginning in 1858, it was for profit.
  • Perfoming with Wilkie Collins

    Perfoming with Wilkie Collins
    In 1586, he collaborated with Wilkie Collins on a play, The Frozen Deep with this theatrical company. This close association with the theater had an important impact on Dickens the author. Dickens use his theatrical skills to describe his characters in such a visual way that they are easily seen as a real life character.
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities
    Dickens's novel, A Tale of Two Cities was published in 1859 and ened in November in his own publication All The Year Round. It caused a huge controversy at the time. Dickens used lots of contradictory statements when he was describing the time of the French Revolution. This was mainly to explain the uncertainty of the time, and also the differences between the aristocracy and the lower class during this time.
  • Great Expectations

    Great Expectations
    He published Great Expecations in 1860 which runs into August 1861. Many consider this novel one of Dickens' best because he used great use of plot, characterization, and style,
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    Final Novels + Video

    Dickens completed Our Mutual Friend, his last finished novel before he died and it describes the effect that money and greed brings. He began to write The Mystery of Edwin Drood but was only able to finished half of it before he died on June, 9, 1870 by a stroke.
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