About Charles Dickens
Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English author, journalist and social critic who was born in Portsmouth on the 7th February 1812.
Writing in, and about, the Victorian era he is considered to be one of the greatest writers of all time. He is responsible for the creation of a number of the most famous fictional characters. Many of his stories and characters continue to be adapted regularly for radio, theatre, television and cinema.
Often called a literary genius he is credited as the author of works such as : Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Dickens began his literary career as a journalist, with the majority of his novels originally being serialised in newspapers. He is known to have been a campaigner for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.