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date: 23 April 2024

Dickens, Charles (1812–70) Novelist, 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

born in Portsmouth, the son of a clerk in the navy pay office. His early boyhood, spent in Chatham, was happy, and he attended a competent private school in Chatham. This was followed by a period of intense misery during which his father was imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea and he himself (aged 12) worked in a blacking warehouse. These painful experiences inspired much of his fiction, notably the early chapters of ... ...

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