Full Name: Charles John Huffam Dickens
Biography: Charles Dickens was an English writer, considered by many the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.
Many of his characters are still known around the work: Oliver Twist, Ebenezer Scrooge, David Copperfield, and so on. His books and short stories are still read widely today.
In 1836, Dickens' first success came with the publication of "The Pickwick Papers". This led to his rapid rise as an international literary phenomenon.
His works also pioneered the use of serial publication, in which the stories would be published in monthly or weekly instalments.
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- 1836-04-02 English novelist and social critic Charles Dickens (24) marries Catherine Thomson Hogarth (20)
- 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
- 1963-01-06 Lionel Bart's musical "Oliver!", based on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist", and featuring a young Davy Jones, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 774 performances, winning 3 Tony Awards
- 1964-11-14 Lionel Bart's musical "Oliver!", based on Charles Dickens' 1838 novel "Oliver Twist", and featuring Clive Revill, Danny Sewell, and Davy Jones, closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 774 performances and 3 Tony Award wins
- 1965-10-04 Cyril Ornadel and Leslie Bricusse's musical "Pickwick", based on Charles Dickens' novel "The Pickwick Papers', featuring Harry Secombe and Charlotte Rae, opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 56 performances
- 1965-11-20 Cyril Ornadel and Leslie Bricusse's musical "Pickwick", based on Charles Dickens' novel "The Pickwick Papers', featuring Harry Secombe and Charlotte Rae, closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 56 performances
- 1978-02-11 China lifts a ban on works of Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens
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