Charles John Huffam Dickens (born February 7, 1812, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England – died June 9, 1870, Higham, Kent, England) was an English writer, journalist, illustrator, and one of the most important novelists of the Victorian era.
In addition to writing, Dickens also promoted other writers in his journals, fought for children’s rights, education, and concerned himself with social issues.
Despite the lack of formal education, Dickens wrote 15 novels, 5 novellas, and hundreds of short stories, essays and non-fiction articles. His most well-known works are Oliver Twist (1837 to 1839), A Christmas Carol (1843), Dombey and Son (1846 to 1848), David Copperfield (1849 to 1850), Bleak House (1852 to 1853), Hard Times (1854), Little Dorrit (1855 to 1857), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), and Great Expectations (1860 to 1861).
Dickens enjoyed great popularity during his lifetime and was one of the most-read of English authors. A large number of motion pictures and TV adaptations are based on Dickens’ works. His novels and fictional characters continue to inspire many artists across the world.