Dickens, Charles: David Copperfield

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David Copperfield Charles Dickens The Author: On the 7th of February 1812 Charles Dickens was born at Portsea, near Portsmouth, on the south coast of England. His early childhood was very happy, but in 1822 he moved to London with his family, where he no longer was sent to school, but had to work in a factory because the family was very short of money. His father then was arrested for debt. Although John Dickens was released from prison after three months, it was some time before he took his son from the factory and sent him to Wellington House, a school run by a harsh headmaster. At the age of fifteen he left school and became clerk in a lawyers office. He then taught himself shorthand and became a parliamentary reporter. On his twenty fourth birthday his first book appeared: Sketches by Boz ( Boz was his pen-name). In 1836 he began writing an amusing monthly serial, Pickwick papers, which was read everywhere and made him very popular. In April 1836 Dickens was married to Catherine Hogarth and although they had ten children he left her in 1858. Dickens died in 1870 at the age of 58. Works: Pickwick Papers (1836) Oliver Twist (1837) Nicholas Nickleby (1838) The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1) Barnaby Rudge (1841) David Copperfield (1849-50) The main characters: It is not really possible to give a complete description of the main characters in a few words, since the book is about the whole life of one person and so the ´personalities´ of the different characters change ...

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