The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens
Author: Charles Dickens | Published: 1857
The Perils of Certain English Prisoners
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About Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens was one of the most influential and prolific authors of the 19th century, producing some of literature’s most iconic works. He was born in Portsmouth, England on February 7th 1812 and grew up in London. His father, John Dickens, worked as a clerk in the Navy Pay Office while his mother, Elizabeth Barrow Dickens, managed the household. His early life was fraught with poverty due to his father's financial mismanagement.
At age 12 he began working at Warren's Blacking Factory where he experienced first-hand many of the social injustices that would later become themes in his writing. A few years after leaving school he began publishing poems and stories under various pseudonyms and soon found success with Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837). Find out more about Charles Dickens.