Plot summary[ edit ] Martin Chuzzlewit has been raised by his grandfather and namesake. Years before, Martin senior took the precaution of raising an orphaned girl, Mary Graham.
His parents were middle-class, but they suffered financially as a result of living beyond their means. At this point, Dickens lived on his own and continued to work at the factory for several months.
The horrific conditions in the factory haunted him for the rest of his life, as did the experience of temporary orphanhood. Apparently, Dickens never forgot the day when a more senior boy in the warehouse took it upon himself to instruct Dickens in how to do his work more efficiently.
For Dickens, that instruction may have represented the first step toward his full integration into the misery and tedium of working-class life. As a young adult, he worked as a law clerk and later as a journalist.
His experience as a journalist kept him in close contact with the darker social conditions of the Industrial Revolution, and he grew disillusioned with the attempts of lawmakers to alleviate those conditions.
A collection of semi-fictional sketches entitled Sketches by Boz earned him recognition as a writer. Dickens began to make money from his writing when he published his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, which was serialized beginning in and published in book form the following year.
The Pickwick Papers, published when Dickens was only twenty-five, was hugely popular, and Dickens became a literary celebrity after its publication. InDickens married Catherine Hogarth, but after twenty years of marriage and ten children, he fell in love with Ellen Ternan, an actress many years his junior.
Soon after, Dickens and his wife separated, ending a long series of marital difficulties.
He died of a stroke inat the age of 58, leaving The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished.Charles Dickens wrote so much and lived his life on such a scale that his most complete and definitive biographies (such as Peter Ackroyd's exuberant life study of the author) assume Dickensian proportions themselves/5(79).
Charles Dickens, the Victorian British author is remembered even today for his novels and novellas like Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend, The Pickwick Papers and David Copperfield.
I had the opportunity to interview Lucinda Hawksley, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dicken. This book has surely been a tour-de-force by the author in reconstructing the life of Charles Dickens.
In fact the man behind the most celebrated novels of the Victorian age (and of all times) was what we would call today a hyper-active dude, both in personal life and in public and literary life/5(79). Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7 February , at 1 Mile End Terrace (now Commercial Road), Landport in Portsea Island (), the second of eight children of Elizabeth Dickens (née Barrow; –) and John Dickens (–).
His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district. Charles was sent to work in Warren's blacking factory and endured appalling conditions as well as loneliness and despair. After three years he was returned to school, but the experience was never forgotten and became fictionalised in two of his better-known .
The best books about Dickens. From detailed biographies of Dickens to ground-breaking works of literary criticism, there have been hundreds of books published about Charles Dickens‘s life and work.
Here are five of our favourites – five of the finest books about Dickens for the reader seeking to negotiate their way through the great novelist’s work.