Events in the Life of Charles Dickens
1812: Birth at Landport, Portsea, on February 7, 1812.
1824: Father, John Dickens, imprisoned for debt.
1836: Writes Sunday Under Three Heads. Begins Pickwick Papers. Marries Catherine Hogarth on April 2.
1837: First child, Charles Culliford Boz Dickens, born.
1838: Oliver Twist published in three volumes.
1842: First visit to the United States.
1843: A Christmas Carol published; it immediately sells 6,000 copies.
1849: Writes The Life of Our Lord for his children; publication delayed at his request until 1934.
1850: David Copperfield published. Dickens starts his own magazine, Household Words.
1852: Tenth and final child, Edward Dickens, born.
1853: First public reading of A Christmas Carol.
1858: Separated from his wife.
1859: A Tale of Two Cities published.
1861: Great Expectations published.
1869: Begins work on his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
1870: Dies from a seizure June 9, leaving The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished. Buried in Poets’ Comer, Westminster Abbey.
By Stephen Rost
[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #27 in 1990]Stephen Rost, a writer from Mesquite, Texas, is the editor of eight volumes in the Christian Classics Series (Nelson, 1988–9).
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