Charles Dickens Timeline
Timeline Description: Charles Dickens was a famous writer during the 1800's in England. His works have moved many people, and they are still read today. This is a timeline of his life.

Date Event
1812 Charles Dickens is born

Charles was born in England. His father was John and his mother was Elizabeth.
1824 Charles provides for the family

Charles Dickens was only 12 years old when his father went to prison. Charles went to work at a factory to support his family.
1827 Dickens moves up

Charles left the factory work and became the clerk for an attorney. He soon met Maria Beadnell, who he called his first love.
1833 Charles' first writing published

Charles Dickens' first writing was published. It was named A Dinner At Poplar Walk, and it was published monthly.
1835 Charles gets engaged to be married

Charles becomes engaged to a woman named Catherine. They marry the next year.
1836 More writings are published

Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers are published.
1837 A classic is published

Oliver Twist was first published in 1837. It became so famous that it has produced plays and even movies.
1842 Charles visits America

Charles Dickens visited America for the first time, and he returned later to tour again in 1867.
1843 The Christmas Carol is published

After putting out several other stories, Charles Dickens wrote The Christmas Carol. It quickly became a Christmas classic.
1851 Dickens' wife puts out a book

Catherine Dickens wrote a cook book, and it was published in 1851. It was called What Shall We Have for Dinner?
1853 The first public reading

Charles began doing public readings of his works. He did many before the doctors told him he had to stop for his health.
1854-1860 More classics are written

During this time Charles put out several classics like Hard Times, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities.
1858 Charles and Catherine separate

Charles separated from his wife Catherine.
1864 Charles gets sick

Charles Dickens began having health problems. His doctors told him to slow down, that he was working too hard, but he wouldn't listen.
1870 Charles Dickens dies

Charles died in his home; he was only 58 years old. Charles Dickens wrote around two dozen classics in his time. His contribution to literature will never be forgotten.