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Dickens, Charles (1812–70)

Edited by Dinah Birch

in The Oxford Companion to English Literature

Seventh edition

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780192806871
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191735066
Dickens, Charles (1812–70)

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born in Portsmouth, the son of a clerk in the navy pay office. His early boyhood, spent in Chatham, was happy, and he attended a competent private school in Chatham. This was followed by a period of intense misery during which his father was imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea and he himself (aged 12) worked in a blacking warehouse. These painful experiences inspired much of his fiction, notably the early chapters of ...

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