The most popular novelist of his time, Dickens created a fictional world that reflects the social and technological changes of the Victorian era. His father, John Dickens, a clerk in the Naval Pay Office, was always hard-pressed to support his family.
His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district. He asked Christopher Huffam,  rigger to His Majesty's Navy, gentleman, and head of an established firm, to act as godfather to Charles. Huffam is thought to be the inspiration for Paul Dombey, the owner of a shipping company in Dickens's novel Dombey and Son His early life seems to have been idyllic, though he thought himself a "very small and not-over-particularly-taken-care-of boy".
His wife and youngest children joined him there, as was the practice at the time. Pipchin" in Dombey and Son. Later, he lived in a back-attic in the house of an agent for the Insolvent CourtArchibald Russell, "a fat, good-natured, kind old gentleman To pay for his board and to help his family, Dickens was forced to leave school and work ten-hour days at Warren's Blacking Warehouse, on Hungerford Stairs, near the present Charing Cross railway stationwhere he earned six shillings a week pasting labels on pots of boot blacking.
The strenuous and often harsh working conditions made a lasting impression on Dickens and later influenced his fiction and essays, becoming the foundation of his interest in the reform of socio-economic and labour conditions, the rigours of which he believed were unfairly borne by the poor.
He later wrote that he wondered "how I could have been so easily cast away at such an age". The blacking-warehouse was the last house on the left-hand side of the way, at old Hungerford Stairs.
It was a crazy, tumble-down old house, abutting of course on the river, and literally overrun with rats. Its wainscoted rooms, and its rotten floors and staircase, and the old grey rats swarming down in the cellars, and the sound of their squeaking and scuffling coming up the stairs at all times, and the dirt and decay of the place, rise up visibly before me, as if I were there again.
The counting-house was on the first floor, looking over the coal-barges and the river. There was a recess in it, in which I was to sit and work. My work was to cover the pots of paste-blacking; first with a piece of oil-paper, and then with a piece of blue paper; to tie them round with a string; and then to clip the paper close and neat, all round, until it looked as smart as a pot of ointment from an apothecary's shop.
When a certain number of grosses of pots had attained this pitch of perfection, I was to paste on each a printed label, and then go on again with more pots. Two or three other boys were kept at similar duty down-stairs on similar wages. One of them came up, in a ragged apron and a paper cap, on the first Monday morning, to show me the trick of using the string and tying the knot.
On the expectation of this legacy, Dickens was released from prison. Under the Insolvent Debtors ActDickens arranged for payment of his creditors, and he and his family left Marshalsea,  for the home of Mrs Roylance.
Charles's mother, Elizabeth Dickens, did not immediately support his removal from the boot-blacking warehouse. This influenced Dickens's view that a father should rule the family, and a mother find her proper sphere inside the home: His mother's failure to request his return was a factor in his dissatisfied attitude towards women.
He did not consider it to be a good school:Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7 February , at 1 Mile End Terrace (now Commercial Road), Landport in Portsea Island (), the second of eight children of Elizabeth Dickens (née Barrow; –) and John Dickens (–). His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district.
Charles Dickens, in full Charles John Huffam Dickens, (born February 7, , Portsmouth, Hampshire, England—died June 9, , Gad’s Hill, near Chatham, Kent), English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era.
Dickens remained a prolific writer to the end of his life, and his novels—among them Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield (Dickens’ most autobiographical novel), and Bleak House—continued to earn critical and popular acclaim.
The best books about Dickens.
From detailed biographies of Dickens to ground-breaking works of literary criticism, there have been hundreds of books published about Charles Dickens‘s life and work. Here are five of our favourites – five of the finest books about Dickens for the reader seeking to negotiate their way through the great novelist’s work.
Our Mutual Friend is the last novel that Charles Dickens completed before his death. An interesting feature of the novel is its focus on the “dust” business.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood – The Mystery of Edwin Drood was the fifteenth novel of Charles Dickens. Dickens was only halfway finished with the book when he died.
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