Dickens was born in 1812, the son of a clerk who, in 1824, was briefly imprisoned for debt. Twelve-year-old Charles was pulled from school and put to work in a shoe-blacking factory, an experience that haunted his life, and formed the basis of his semi-autobiographical novels Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. At age fifteen Dickens became an office boy for an attorney. He studied shorthand at night, and at seventeen became a court reporter, and later a newspaper reporter. His first short story, A Dinner at Poplar Walk, was published in 1833. Numerous short stories, plays and novels followed, including The Pickwick Papers, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities. Most of his novels were first serialized in monthly magazines, and Dickens became famed as an author and lecturer. He produced a Christmas-themed story every year, the most famous of which remains A Christmas Carol. Dickens died in 1870, with his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, left unfinished.

Christmas Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 19

144 pages, color, $15



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