A portrait of the young Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens was born on the 7th February 1812 at the age of 12 years old he was put to work in a blanking factory to assist the family income as his father was imprisoned in the Marshalsea for debt. From 1824 until 1827 Dickens studied at Wellington House Academy, London. During the period 1827 to 1828 he was a law office clerk, and then worked as a shorthand reporter at Doctor's Commons. In the 1840s Dickens founded Master Humphrey's Clock, a weekly periodical edited and published by Charles dickens between April 1840 and December 1841. and edited the London Daily News. Dickens's had a relationship with Maria Beadnell, the daughter of a banker, which lasted for four years, however, he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogart in 1836. His first novel Pickwick Papers was serialised between 1836 - 1837. It was shortly after this that he made his first visit to Liverpool. It was in November 1838.