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Charles Dickens

Novelist Charles Dickens

Full Name: Charles John Huffam Dickens
Profession: Novelist

United Kingdom

Why Famous: Greatest novelist of the Victorian period.

Born: February 7, 1812
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: June 9, 1870 (aged 58)
Cause of Death: Stroke

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Married Life

  • 1836-04-02 English novelist and social critic Charles Dickens (24) marries Catherine Thomson Hogarth (20)

Historical Events

  • 1836-02-07 "Sketches by Boz" (essays) published by Charles Dickens
  • 1842-01-03 Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine leave Liverpool, England for America on board the RMS Britannia
  • 1842-01-22 Charles Dickens arrives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Catherine
  • 1843-12-19 "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is published, 6,000 copies sold
  • 1846-01-21 1st edition of Charles Dickens' newspaper "The Daily News"
  • 1854-04-01 "Hard Times" begins serialisation in Charles Dickens magazine, "Household Words"
  • 1859-04-30 Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is first published in literary periodical "All the Year Round" (weekly installments until Nov 26)
  • 1859-11-26 Last weekly installment of Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is published in literary periodical "All the Year Round"
  • 1867-12-02 In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States
  • 1978-02-11 China lifts a ban on works of Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens

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