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date: 05 June 2020

Dickens, Charles (1812–70) 

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature
Author(s):
Dinah BirchDinah Birch, Katy HooperKaty Hooper

Novelist, born in Portsmouth. His early boyhood, spent in Chatham, was happy, and he attended a competent private school. 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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