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THE LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS

CHILDHOOD

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  Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on Friday, Februray 7, 1812 in Portsmouth England.He was the second out of the eight children.Charles was forced to grow up very fast when his father was imprisoned for debt and at the age of 12, Charles was instructed to work in a factory to help support the family.Charles father was a clerk in a payroll office of the navy.People desricbed his parents as an outgoing and social couple. They loved to party, go to dinners, and family functions. Elizabeth was attending a ball on the night that she she gave birth to Charles. Being that there were eight children, John and Elizabeth Dickens decided to have someone to come and help care for the Dickens children. Her name was Mary Weller. She was a great influence on Charles.It changed Charles in so many ways.Even though they were fortunate enough to hire someone to care for them, they also had constant financial issues. The cost of entertaining and raising a large family was way too much for John's Salary. When Charles reached four months, they had to move to a smaller home to cut expenses. and as he grew older, he was forced into work.
   At the age of 15, he was an employer at an attorney's office.He did this while studying shorthand at night.He became very sucessful as a shorthand reporter of Parliamentary debates in the House of Commons and began to work as a reporter for a newspaper.
 
 
1975-1981 by David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace
Reproduced with permission from "The People's Almanac" seris of books.
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MONIQUE KELLY, BRITISH LITERATURE, FAYETTE COUNTY EVENING HIGH SCHOOL