Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens reads to his daughters Mamie and Kate in the garden at Gad’s Hill, Kent. 1865.

Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! We encourage you to read The Guardian article “Charles Dickens and the Women Who Made Him” written by Dickens’ great-great-great-granddaughter Lucinda Dickens Hawksley. Here is an excerpt:

“The real women in Dickens’s life were very different from his domesticated and compliant creations, including three remarkable women in his family. Charles’s paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Dickens, was a servant in the household of Lord Crewe. She began as a housemaid and, after being widowed and left a single mother, worked her way up to the role of housekeeper. Her grandson retained vivid memories of her warm personality and storytelling.”

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