Charles Dickens: his life and works

Ahead of a major Charles Dickens season on the BBC this winter, Charlotte Hodgman speaks to Alex Werner, curator of a new exhibition on Dickens, about the author’s life and his relationship with London

English novelist Charles Dickens c1860. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the Christmas 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

The story of Charles Dickens, one of the world’s most influential and best-loved authors, is something of a ‘rags to riches’ tale. But during his lifetime little was known of his troubled childhood and its impact on his later writing.

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