Crazy Facts About Charles Dickens

They Were Put To Work At A Young Age

Life should have been easy for Charles Dickens, who was born into a middle-class English family, but shortly after he moved to London, things went south for his father, a Navy Office clerk, who eventually became so So deeply in debt that he was arrested and sent to a labor prison (which used to be). Dickens was only 12 years old, but without family support, he went to work in a warehouse for three years. No wonder childhood poverty and the struggles of the class system are major themes in his work.

He started his writing career as a journalist
Once he finally returned to school, Dickens found he had a knack for writing, but he first turned his attention to the news media. He worked for The Mirror of Parliament, Morning Chronicle and The True Sun, but initially decided to publish under the pseudonym Boz because "Dickens" was considered a bit N.S.F.W. At the time, Shakespeare's famous coinage "What the Dickens?

He Wrote Really Fast

By October 1843, Dickens had once again hit hard times. Believing that a holiday hit would save him from ruin, he brought out A Christmas Carol, which not only sold well but in about six weeks became his biggest literary success and a veritable classic. The cost of printing the book was actually so high that initially he didn't make much money from it, but it was enough to keep his head above water.

He Gave People Second Chances

Dickens seemed to be a great believer in helping people who were struggling, founding a group home called Urania Cottage with wealthy philanthropist Angela Burdett Coutts to help so-called "fallen women" get back on their feet. established. Due to the structure of society in Victorian England, women had few prospects outside marriage and often ended up homeless, faced alcohol abuse, or turned to sex work when those prospects were bleak. Urania helped more than 100 women find work, marriage or a way to move from London to the English colonies, where they were free from the judgment and anger of the city. Some of Dickens' characters were also inspired by these women, adding a level of realism that was difficult to achieve for many other writers.

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