The iconic and much-loved Charles Dickens was born in 1812
in Portsmouth, though he spent much of his life in Kent and London.
A prolific writer, Dickens kept up a career in journalism as well
as writing short stories and novels, with much of his work being
serialised before being published as books. He gave a view of
contemporary England with a strong sense of realism, yet instilled
his stories with a sense of charm, fantastic characters and humour
like no other. He continued to work himself hard up until his death
in 1870, leaving 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' unfinished.
Judith John (Glossary) is a writer and editor specializing in literature and history. She has worked as an editor on major educational projects, including English A: Literature for the Pearson International Baccalaureate series. Judith's major research interests include Romantic and Gothic literature, and Renaissance drama.