During the month of December, thanks to the famous novel, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens becomes Mr. Christmas. He created a title that has become a part of many people’s holiday traditions all around the world. However, Dickens is an author that should be celebrated all year long. He is one of the most influential writers of all time, producing many famous works, including Great Expectations and Oliver Twist.
Want to learn more about the successful author? Read on!
A Childhood Left Behind
Charles Dickens grew up in a very poor family of ten. In 1824, his father went to prison for debt. As a consequence, Charles was forced to quit school and work to keep his family afloat. In a flash, the boy had to become an adult by the age of 12. Dickens felt abandoned by the adults in his life and this feeling can be seen portrayed throughout many of his novels.
Rags to Riches
Dickens’ writing career started with journalism. He worked as a reporter of law cases before he became a journalist for two major London newspapers. His wildly popular series of monthly installments, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, were what lifted him from ordinary writer to minor celebrity.
Famed and Fortunate
The author toured America twice lecturing about his opposition to slavery, as well as other reform. With Dickens’ fame at an all-time high, these tours sold out quite quickly. Even his second tour that followed the release of American Notes for General Circulation, which was not received well in the states, did extremely well.
Dickens is one of the few classic writers that experienced fame and success while still alive. He was especially well-known in London and would oftentimes get stopped on the street by fans. He passed away at the age of 58 while working on his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which will forever remain just that: a mystery.