Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7th of February 1812 to John and Elizabeth Dickens. Charles was the second child of eight �in all, six of whom survived to adulthood. John, a naval clerk, always �beyond his means. One day he pointed out a house to Charles, remarking that he could �in such a house, if he worked hard. The family moved to London in 1822. At 12, as the family� worsened, Charles had to start working in a blacking factory, labelling bottles for eleven hours a day. John Dickens was eventually sent to a debtors' . Charles visited him there every Sunday. His youth left him with an� drive. In 1827 he began work as a solicitor's clerk. From the surroundings of his unremarkable office he began to collect names and characteristics of the people he saw.
In 1842 Charles and Catherine set� for America. On landing in Boston they were mobbed by . Dickens's interest lay in visiting the unusual, which inspired his writing. He took his whole family on his next big , to Italy, in the summer of 1844. Upon his return, Dickens began to look for new diversions. He helped to start and edit a radical , founded a refuge for homeless women and� his works at public readings.
Aged 44, Charles bought Gads Hill, the house his father had pointed out to him all those years before. It symbolised the pinnacle of . Whilst Dickens was organising a theatrical project, The Frozen Deep, he met and was spellbound by a young actress Ellen Ternan. There is much speculation about this� that caused the end of his marriage to Catherine. One fateful night in 1865, whilst Charles and Ellen were returning from Paris their train� outside Staplehurst. Dickens administered brandy and water to the� and dying. Only at the last minute did he remember to retrieve the final part of Our Mutual Friend from the wrecked . The incident left Charles very shaken. For a while he maintained his� itinerary, then his health began to fail. At home on Wednesday 9th June 1870, at the age of 58 Charles suffered a� and died. He's buried in Westminster Abbey.
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His father was a naval officer.clerk.
That year he also he met his future secretary,wife,�Catherine.
After his trip to Italy Dickens had a nice big house built for himselfbuilt a shelter for women who had no homes�and started� writingreading�his works in front of audiences.
Gads Hill was a museumhouse that for Dickens's father was the symbol of success.
Buying Gads Hill proved that Dickens was extremely successful. TrueFalse
In 1865 on his way back fromto�Paris Dickens's train crashed at Staplehurst.
He didn't care abouttried to bring comfort and help to�to the other passengers some of whom were injured or dying.
He almost forgotlost�the manuscript of Our Mutual Friend in the destroyed carriage.
Dickens died of a�brainheart�attack on 9th June 1870.
His grave is in Westminster Abbey.St Paul's Cathedral.