THE CHRONOLOGICAL BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES DICKENS
7th February: Charles Dickens is born at 387, Mile End Terrace,
in Landport, Portsmouth.
The Dickens family moves to Chatham, where Charles attends
school for the first time.
His father is sent to London. The family moves from Chatham
to a modest place at Camden Town. His economic situation
worsens and John Dickens is arrested under charges of debt.
The family settles down with him in Marshalsea, a prison
for debtors. Charles is sent to work at the Warren bitumen
factory, where he stays for about six months.
Dickens renews his studies at Wellington House Academy.
He finds a job as a clerk at an Attorneys´ Office.
During the afternoons, he studies shorthand.
He meets Maria Beadnell, daughter of a Londoner banker with
whom he falls in love. The following two years he works
as a shorthand typist in Doctors´ Commons. He spends
his spare time reading at the British Museum.
He begins his career as a Journalist, writing articles for
the True Sun and parliamentary reports for The Mirror of
December: A Dickens work is first published in the Monthly
August: he works as a parliamentary reporter in the Morning
Chronicle and for the first time makes use of the pseudonym
Dickens becomes famous as a parliamentary journalist and
political correspondent. He travels around the country to
attend public ceremonies and makes friends with William
Harrison Ainsworth, who introduces him to Macrone, his first
February: Sketches by Boz is published.
April: The Pickwick Papers was first published with overwhelming
success. Dickens marries Catherine Hogarth. He leaves his
post in the Morning Chronicle to devote himself to novel
May: Death of Mary Hogarth, Dickens´s sister-in-law.
Oliver Twist is published by Dickens and is hugely successful.
1839 Nicholas Nickleby is published. Dickens´s
fame increases. He makes new friends and joins the London
Dickens creates Master Humphrey´s Clock, a weekly
periodical in which The Antique Shop and Barnaby Rudge are
January-June: Dickens visits the United States, where he
is warmly welcomed but finds the country disappointing.
October: American Notes is published causing a great stir
Martin Chuzzlewitt and A Christmas Carroll is published.
Dickens and his family leave the country and settle down
December: Dickens travels to London to read to his friends
The Bells and later on returns to the continent.
Dickens and his family visit Italy and France before returning
to England. Dickens and Forster perform with charity purposes
in Cada cual según su humor, by Johnson.
January: The Daily News, directed by Dickens, is first published.
Three weeks later, he resigns as Director and goes abroad.
He settles with his family in Lausanne and later on in Paris,
where he meets some famous French writers.
Dickens writes Dombey & Son and A Christmas Carroll,
engages in social, philanthropic and journalistic activities,
and stages theatrical performances of amateurs, in which
he also participates as an actor.
May: David Copperfield, Dickens´s favourite novel
and, probably, the most outstanding one, is first published.
March: Household Words is first published.
May: Dickens and his theatrical company of amateurs perform
for the Queen and the Prince Consort at Devonshire House,
in London. Dickens moves to Tavistock House, in Bloomsbury.
The Haunted House is first published.
Dickens spends the summer in Boulogne, where he writes the
last numbers of The Haunted House. In October, he visits
Italy again with Wilkie Collins and Augustus Egg.
Hard Times is published. Dickens spends another summer in
February: Dickens meets again Maria Beadnell, now Mrs. Winter.
November: he travels to Paris, where he stays for six months.
December: Little Dorrit is first published.
Dickens once again gets in touch with the literary and artistic
March: Purchase of Gad´s Hill Place, his eventual
June: once again he settles down in Boulogne to spend the
January: The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins is performed
at Tavistock House.
30th June: Dickens makes his first public reading at St.
Martin´s Hall, London.
Dickens falls in love with Ellen Ternan and separates from
10th June: A personal declaration concerning his private
life is printed on the first page of Household Words.
He quarrells with Thackeray, due to the "Yates case."
A Tale of Two Cities is published. Dickens founds a new
periodical All the Year Round. For the following eleven
years, he travels throughout the country making public readings
of his works.
1860 Great Expectations is first published.
Our Mutual Friend is first published.
June: Dickens appears among the victims of the railway accident
at Staplehurst, although he suffers no physical injury.
Since then, his health begins to deteriorate fast.
Dickens visits the United States once again and is absolutely
successful in his public readings. He is the guest of honour
of the New York Press Club.
May: Dickens returns to England.
Makes more public readings in England and attends many
March: Dickens makes his last public reading in London,
and Queen Victoria grants him an audience.
April: the first issue of The Mystery of Edwin Drood is
published and Dickens makes his last public appearance at
a dinner organized by the Royal Academy.
8th June: Dickens suffers a brain haemorrhage at Gad´s
Hill Place and dies the following day.
14th June: he is buried in Poet´s Corner, in Westminster