Birth Name: Charles Dickens
Birth Place: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, GB
Death Place: Rochester, Kent, England, GB
Born on Feb. 7, 1812 in Landport, Portsea Island, England, Dickens was raised the second of eight children by John, a clerk at the Navy Post Office, and his mother, Elizabeth. While he spent the first 11 or so years living in rather peaceful middle-class environs, Dickens' life changed radically when his father - a man who routinely lived outside his financial means - was thrown into the Marshalsea debtors' prison for failure to pay his debts. Some of the family, including his mother, went to live with his father at the prison, but Dickens took up residence with Elizabeth Roylance, an elderly and poverty-stricken friend of the family. In order to pay for his and his family's way, Dickens lef...
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