His works show a thorough knowledge of the port of London (or “Down by the Docks”). The Uncommercial Traveller charts his journeys to the docks and to surrounding districts such as Wapping and Shadwell.
Charles Dickens had a keen interest in the lives of ordinary people and a deep sympathy for those who worked in the port and sailed the ships.
Many of the greatest scenes in his novels were set in London.
Not only was Charles Dickens a writer but also a journalist, a director and an actor in numerous amateur theatres.
Born in Portsmouth on 7 February, the son of Jon, a clerk in the Navy Pay Office at the dockyard, and Elizabeth Dickens.
His father moves to London for two years.
The family returns to London.
His first published story, 'Dinner at Poplar Walk', appears.
Marries Catharine Hogart.
Among others he writes and serialises 'Oliver Twist', 'Pickwick Papers', 'David Copperfield', 'Bleak House', 'A Christmas Carol', 'Nicholas Nickleby', 'Little Dorrit', 'Martin Chuzzlewit', 'The Old Curiosity Shop', 'Barnaby Rudge' and 'Hard Times'.
Moves to Rochester.
Among others he writes and serialises 'A Tale of Two Cities', 'Great Expectations' and 'Our Mutual Friend'.
Dies at Gads Hill Place in Rochester, and is buried at Westminster Abbey.