Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 – 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented popularity, and by the twentieth century, he was widely seen as a literary genius by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular.


Discover the main family members in the life of Charles Dickens, including his parents and the Hogarths, his in-laws.

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Charles Dickens had three main loves in his life, a first crush, a wife and later in life a young lover.

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Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine had ten children, although one did not survive in adulthood.

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Charles Dickens was friends with a number of the leading cultural and political figures of his day.

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