Charles Dickens was born on Friday, February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, London and was the second of eight children. His father, John Dickens, was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office. In 1817 the Dickens-family moved to Chatham. It was here where Charles experienced his happiest childhood memories.

John Dicken's extravagant spending habits brought the family to financial disaster, and in 1824, John Dickens was imprisoned for debt. The 12 year old Charles was removed from school and sent to work at a boot-blacking factory to support the family. Charles considered this period to be the most terrible time in his life and would later write that he wondered "how I could have been so easily cast away at such an age." This childhood poverty and feelings of abandonment, although unknown to his readers until after his death, would be a heavy influence on Dickens' later views on social reform and the world he would create through his fiction. His works had always reflected the pains of the common man. In 1833, Dickens began to contribute short stories and essays to periodicals.

Within several months, Dickens became internationally popular. In 1858, Dickens began a series of paid readings. The readings often left him exhausted and ill, but they allowed him to increase his income, receive creative satisfaction, and stay in touch with his audience. Charles Dickens died suddenly at home on June 9, 1870 in Chatham, London. Dickens was famous for his novels and short stories.

The famous works from him are probable: "David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Christmas Carol", and his "Christmas Stories." In the play "Educating Rita" Charles Dickens is mentioned right at the beginning of the play, where Frank is looking for his bottle of whisky. Maybe he hid the bottle behind the Dickens section because Dickens works reflect Franks feelings about himself and the common man.