Charles Dickens: the name conjures up visions of plum pudding and Christmas punch, quaint coaching inns and cozy firesides, but also of orphaned and starving children, misers, murderers, and abusive schoolmasters. Dickens was 19th century London personified, he survived its mean streets as a child and, largely self-educated, possessed the genius to become the greatest writer of his 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.
Dickens would go on to write 15 major novels and countless short stories and articles before his death on June 9, 1870. He wished to be buried, without fanfare, in a small cemetery in Rochester, but the Nation would not allow it. He was laid to rest in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, the flowers from thousands of mourners overflowing the open grave. Among the more beautiful bouquets were many simple clusters of wildflowers, wrapped in rags.
- The Mystery of Ellen Ternan
- Dickens Family Tree (17k pdf file)
- Dickens Biography - David Cody, Associate Professor of English, Hartwick College
- Where was Dickens? A fascinating chronology compiled by Phillip Currah
- A Journal of the Life of Charles Dickens - Kirk Witmer's very interesting year by year timeline of Dickens' life
- Great animated Life of Charles Dickens by the BBC
- The Charles Dickens Museum - Located at 48 Doughty Street, London. Dickens and his family lived here from April 1837 to December 1839
- Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum - Dickens birthplace in Portsmouth
- Dickens at Westminster Abbey
- The Cleveland Street Workhouse
- British Council Teaching English
- British Library- Dickens in Context
- Teaching Dickens - A Masterpiece Guide
- Teaching Dickens With The New York Times
- How to teach...Charles Dickens - The Guardian
- Dickensblog - Gina Dalfonzo
- Dickens' Journals Online
- Charles Dickens - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Charles Dickens On Screen - Fred Guida