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Charles Dickens is a 19th Century novelist whose books are known around the world. His most famous novels include A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. Dickens’ stories are still as popular today as they were during the Victorian times due to his imaginative characters and storylines that are both funny and sad to read. See the fact file below or download the comprehensive 11 page study pack which includes a number of worksheets suitable for the classroom or home environment.
• Charles Dickens was born on February 7th, 1812, in Portsmouth, England.
• Dickens is a very famous Victorian novelist. Some of his classic books include Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Little Dorrit , Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.
• The characters that Dickens wrote about are also very famous, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Fagin, The Artful Dodger, David Copperfield and Samuel Pickwick. Many people know who these characters are without even reading Dickens’ books.
• His birth name was Charles John Huffman Dickens. His father was in the Navy.
• Charles Dickens had 7 brothers and sisters – he was the second oldest.
• Dickens had a tough childhood and his family was in debt and owed a lot of money. In 1822, Dickens’ father was arrested and Charles was sent to live with a family friend.
• Dickens used to visit his father in prison every Sunday.
• Dickens left school aged 12 and got a job at a local factory where his role was to stick labels on pots of boot blacking. He hated this job but his family needed the money.
• At age 15, Dickens got a new job working as a junior clerk in a law office. He hated working there too!
• At age 20, Dickens decided that he wanted to entertain people for a living. He had always entertained his work colleagues and so joined the Garrick theatre in London.
• By 1833, Dickens had decided that he would be a writer. His first story was called ‘A Dinner at Poplar Walk’. Because of this, Dickens was offered a job at the House of Commons working as a political journalist.
• In 1836, Dickens landed another new job as editor of a literary magazine. He would write short sketches for the magazine under the pen-name ‘Boz’.
• Whilst working for this magazine, Dickens started to write one of his most famous novels, ‘Oliver Twist’, about a young Victorian boy who is sent to the workhouse.
• Charles Dickens married Catherine Hogarth on April 2nd, 1836. They had 10 children together but separated in 1856 when Dickens fell in love with a young girl – Ellen Ternan – who was starring in one of his plays.
• In 1850, Dickens started his own magazine called ‘Household Words’.
• During his lifetime, Dickens travelled to the United States, Italy and Switzerland where he gave talks and wrote more books.
• Charles Dickens wrote 15 novels and hundreds of short stories and plays in his lifetime.
• The young Queen Victoria was a fan of Charles Dickens’ novels.
• Dickens’ novels were such a success that he became a Victorian celebrity and people would recognize him on the streets.
• Dickens was a believer in the paranormal and was a member of The Ghost Club in London. One of his most famous stories, A Christmas Carol, features ghosts as main characters.
• It is believed that Dickens suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
• Charles Dickens was good friends with Hans Christian Andersen – the fairytale writer from Denmark.
• Charles Dickens died of a stroke on June 9th, 1870. He was 58 years old. His body was buried at the famous Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.
• Between 1992 and 2003, Charles Dickens’ portrait appeared on £10 notes issued by the Bank of England.
• Charles Dickens had such an influence over literature that the word ‘Dickensian’ was invented to describe novels that are written in a similar style. Dickensian novels can be identified by their bleak storylines, repulsive characters and the poor social conditions that the characters live in.
Charles Dickens Worksheets
This bundle includes 14 ready-to-use Charles Dickens worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about Charles Dickens who was a 19th Century novelist whose books are known around the world. His most famous novels include A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist and Great Expectations.
This download includes the following worksheets:
- Charles Dickens Facts
- The Victorian Writer
- The Dickensian
- Book Covers
- What is OCD?
- To the Women He Love
- Work Work Work
- Household Words
- The Poet’s Corner
- Pen Name
- A Christmas Carol
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