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THE LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS

FAMILY

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Charles was the son of a man who was considered lower middle class.The family's financial issues caused them to move around alot until they finally settled in Camden Town. Camden Town was a poor neighborhood in London. At the age of 12, Charles was forced to workin a warehouse that was known for blacking or shoe polishing.In this particular warehouse, he met and settled with other men and boys of the same working class. For several months, he was forced to live apart from his family when they all moved in with his father. His father had been imprisoned because of debt, this made Charles have to work even harder to help provide for the family. The oldest sister was Frances Elizabeth(Fanny).She was a talented woman and studied music at the Royal Academy of Music.Later she married Henry Burnett and had a son who was crippled name Henry Jr.
Dickens had a younger brother named Alfred Allen who died in infancy. Dickens younger sister, Letitia married Henry Austin in 1837 who was a architect and artist. Harriet was Dickens sister who died in childhood. Fredrick was one of Dicken's younger brothers who lived with Charles.in his last years of his life, he became an alcoholic and was later imprisoned for debt. He died at age 48. Alfred Lamert was also one of Dickens younger brothers. He became a civil engineer and sanitary inspector. And last but not least, Augustus was influenced by Dickens to get a job with a shipping merchant in London. After Augustus's first wife became blind, he left her and married another woman. He died at age 39 in Chicago.
 
 
1975-1981 by David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace
Reproduced with permission from "The People's Almanac" seris of books.
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