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Did you know that Charles Dickens was born today in 1812? He is an English author and journalist that wrote 15 novels, 5 novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, and edited a weekly newspaper or journal for 20 years. Some of his works include Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and A Tale of Two Cities. He drew on his life experiences with poverty and hardship, as well as kindness and goodness, in developing his stories and characters. Charles Dickens was a champion of human rights and social reform.

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Bonus Facts:
After his father was sent to debtor’s prison, Charles Dickens had to stop his schooling and work in a factory gluing labels onto pots of boot blacking. After a few months, his father received a small inheritance and was released from Debtor’s Prison. Sadly, his mother did not immediately support Charles’ removal from the boot-blacking factory. This influenced his relationship with his mother and women in general.

Many of Charles Dickens’ novels were written in weekly installments or serialized. For some of his stories, this gave Charles the ability to gauge his audience’s reaction and modify the story and characters as needed to keep them interested.

Charles Dickens also went on lecture and reading tours in England, Scotland, Ireland, and the United States. While visiting the United States he addressed the issue of international copyright laws. Much of his work was pirated in America; his work was printed and sold, but he was never compensated.

Charles Dickens suffered a stroke on June 8, 1870 and passed away on June 9, 1870. He is buried in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.

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