Charles Dickens lived in the Victorian Era when Queen Victoria reigned (from 1837 to 1901). Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. His father spent a lot of money and had a large debt to the family went to prison. Charles was too young, so he went to work in a factory where he washed bottles for 10 hours a day. Later he became a clerk, then a shorthand reporter at court and finally a parliamentary reporter. He died in 1870 and was buried at Westminster Abbey, London.
In his novels, Dickens wrote about life in the Victorian Era. He wrote both about the rich and the poor people, he introduced the dirty cities and Victorian London.
His main works include:
- Oliver Twist (published in 1849),
- A Christmas Carol (1843),
- David Copperfield (1850),
- Tale of Two Cities (1859),
- Great Expectations (1861).
A Dickensian Christmas Festival in Grassington, North Yorkshire: