About The Author
Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. In 1823 his father was imprisoned for debt and Dickens was sent to work in a blacking warehouse. When his father’s fortunes improved, Dickens went back to school and then worked as a solicitor’s clerk, a shorthand reporter, and a parliamentary reporter. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines and in 1836 his first novel, Pickwick Papers, was published in monthly instalments followed
by Oliver Twist in 1837 and A Christmas Carol in 1843. Charles Dickens died in 1870 and has been acclaimed as one of hte greatest English novelists.