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Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison.Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Books by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol: Popular Penguins
A Christmas Carol And Other Christmas Writings
A Tale Of Two Cities
Great Expectations (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
A Tale of Two Cities (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
Oliver Twist (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
David Copperfield (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
A Christmas Carol (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
Hard Times (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
A Christmas Carol: V&A Collector's Edition
Great Expectations (Faux Leather Edition)
To Be Read At Dusk
A Christmas Carol (Vintage Christmas)
Dickens at Christmas (Vintage Christmas)
The Great Winglebury Duel
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Great Expectations: Penguin Drop Caps
The Bleak House
The Mystery Of Edwin Drood
Dombey And Son
Dickens at Christmas
Oliver Twist: 200th Anniversary Edition
A Tale of Two Cities: 200th Anniversary Edition
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories