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Charles Dickens' Life

  • Birth

    Birth
    Born to John and Elizabeth Dickens.
  • Dad Sent to Prison

    Dad Sent to Prison
    John Dickens arrested and sent to the Marshalsea prison. Charles Dickens worked at the Warren's Blacking Factory.
    Exact date unknown.
  • Starts Working Again

    Starts Working Again
    Rejoins the workforce as the clerk of an attorney.
    Exact Date Unkown
  • Falls in Love

    Falls in Love
    Dickens meets Maria Beadnell, his first love interest.
  • Heartbreak

    Heartbreak
    The relationship with Maria Beadnell ends
    Exact Date Unkown
  • First Book Published

    First Book Published
    A Dinner at Poplar Walk is published
  • Name Swap

    Name Swap
    Began using the pseudonym "Boz".
    Exact Date Unknown
  • New Love

    New Love
    Meets his future wife, Catherine Hogarth.

    Exact Date Unkown
  • An Engagement

    An Engagement
    Becomes engaged to Catherine.
    Exact Date Unknown
  • Pickwick Papers

    Pickwick Papers
    The first chapters of The Pickwick Papers are published.
    Exact Date Unknown
  • Here Comes the Bride

    Here Comes the Bride
    Marries Catherine Hogarth.
    Exact Date Unknown
  • It's a Boy 1/10

    It's a Boy 1/10
    The first of his 10 children, Charles Culliford Boz Dickens, is born.
    Exact Date Unkown
  • The Death of a Sister

    The Death of a Sister
    Mary Hogarth, Catherine's sister, dies.
    Exact Date Unknown
  • Publication

    Publication
    The publication of Oliver Twist begins.
    Exact Date Unkown
  • Travel

    Travel
    Dickens and Hablot Browne travel to Yorkshire to see the boarding schools.
    ACTUAL DATE UNKOWN
  • It's a girl!

    It's a girl!
    His daughter, Mary, is born.
    ACTUAL DATE UNKNOWN
  • Publication

    Publication
    Publication of Nicholas Nickleby begins.
    EXACT DATE UNKOWN
  • It's a Girl!

    It's a Girl!
    His daughter, Kate, is born.
  • Publication

    Publication
    Publication of The Old Curiosity Shop begins
  • Publication

    Publication
    Barnaby Rudge is published.
  • Tour!

    Tour!
    Charles and Catherine tour Scotland.
  • It's a Boy!

    It's a Boy!
    Their son, Walter, is born.
  • Travel!

    Travel!
    Charles and Catherine travel to America.
  • Writing

    Writing
    Dickens begins work on Martin Chuzzlewit.
  • Publication

    Publication
    A Christmas Carol is published.
  • It's a Boy!

    It's a Boy!
    His son Francis Jeffrey (Frank) is born.
  • Travel

    Travel
    Dickens and family travel to Italy. Treated Madame de la Rue with mesmerism.
  • It's a Boy!

    It's a Boy!
    Another son, Alfred, is born.
  • Travel

    Travel
    Dickens and his family travel to Switzerland.
  • Publication

    Publication
    Publication of Dombey and Son begins.
  • It's a Boy!

    It's a Boy!
    His son, Sydney, is born.
  • RIP Fanny

    RIP Fanny
    Dickens' sister, Fanny, dies.
  • Publication

    Publication
    The Haunted Man, his last Christmas book is published.
  • It's a Boy!

    It's a Boy!
    His son, Henry Fielding Dickens, is born.
  • Publication

    Publication
    The publication of David Copperfield begins.
  • It's a Girl!

    It's a Girl!
    His daughter, Dora Annie Dickens, is born.
  • uh-oh

    uh-oh
    Catherine Dickens suffers a nervous collapse.
  • RIP John

    RIP John
    John Dickens, the father of Charles Dickens, dies.
  • RIP Dora

    RIP Dora
    Dora Dickens dies when she is only eight months old.
  • Publication

    Publication
    The publication of Bleak House begins.
  • It's a Boy!

    It's a Boy!
    His son, Edward or "Plorn", is born.
  • Reading

    Reading
    Dickens gives his first public reading of one of his works.
  • Publication

    Publication
    Hard Times is published.
  • Heartbreak

    Heartbreak
    Dickens has a disappointing reunion with first love Maria Winter (Maria Beadnell).
  • Publication

     Publication
    Publication of Little Dorrit begins.
  • Writing

    Writing
    Dickens works with Wilkie Collins on The Frozen Deep
  • Homeowner

    Homeowner
    Dickens purchases Gad's Hill Place
  • Entertaining

    Entertaining
    Hans Christian Anderson is entertained at Gad's Hill Place
  • New Love

    New Love
    Dickens meets Ellen Ternan
  • Separation

    Separation
    Dickens separates from Catherine, his wife.
  • Publication

    Publication
    A Tale of Two Cities is published
  • Publication

    Publication
    Publication of Great Expectations begins in All the Year Round
  • Father of the Bride

    Father of the Bride
    Daughter, Katie, marries
  • RIP Alfred

    RIP Alfred
    Brother Alfred dies
  • Burning Papers

    Burning Papers
    Dickens burns his personal papers
  • RIP Elizabeth

    RIP Elizabeth
    Dickens' mother, Elizabeth, dies
  • Writing

    Writing
    Dickens begins work on Our Mutual Friend
  • RIP Walter

    RIP Walter
    Dickens' son, Walter, dies in India
  • Printing

    Printing
    The first installment of Our Mutual Friend is printed
  • Train Crash

    Train Crash
    Dickens is involved in the Staplehurst railway accident along with Ellen Ternan and her mother
  • Travel

    Travel
    Dickens tours America for the second time
  • Reading

    Reading
    Dickens gives his first Murder of Nancy reading
  • Collapse

    Collapse
    Dickens collapses and is ordered by doctors to discontinue readings
  • Writing

    Writing
    Dickens begins writing The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Final Reading

    Final Reading
    Dickens gives his final public reading
  • Publication

    Publication
    Publication of The Mystery of Edwin Drood begins
  • Death

    Death
    Charles Dickens dies at Gad's Hill Place on June 9