Charles John Huffman Dickens (1812-1870) was born on 7 February 1812. The popularity of his novels and short stories during his lifetime, and to the present, is demonstrated by the fact that none have ever gone out of print.
His family was moderately well-off, and he received some education at a private school, but all that changed when his father was imprisoned for debt. At the age of twelve, Dickens began working for ten hours a day in Warren's boot-blacking factory. He earned six shillings a week and with this money, he had to pay for his lodging and help to support his family, which was incarcerated in the nearby Marshalsea debtors' prison.
After a few years, his family's financial situation improved, and his family was able to leave the Marshalsea, but his mother did not immediately remove him from the boot-blacking factory. Dickens never forgave his mother for this, and resentment of his situation and the conditions under which working-class people lived became major themes of his works. In May 1827, Dickens began work as a law clerk, a junior office position with potential to become a lawyer. But after a short time as a court stenographer he became a journalist. His journalism formed his first collection of pieces, The Pickwick Papers.
On 2 April 1836 he married Catherine Hogarth, with whom he was to have ten children. They set up home in Bloomsbury, but they separated in 1858.
His books and stories are well known and are viewed as classics. But he also wrote ghost stories, the best known of which is undoubtedly A Christmas Carol. (this story is a stand-alone presentation).
Medieval World offers 60 minute readings of Dickens' ghost stories. There are too many of them to hear them all in 60 minutes, so you will be treated to a selection. If you like them and want to hear more, we maintain a record of the stories read at your event, and we will ensure that they are not repeated at second, or subsequent, visits.