Charles Dickens

/ June 9, 2012

February 7, 2012 – June 9, 1870

Born Charles John Huffam Dickens in Portsmouth, England, Mr. Dickens brought us the classic works of Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.  2012 was the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth and also the 142nd anniversary of his death.

Dickens suffered a stroke on June 8, 1870 and died the following day. He is laid to rest in the Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey, against his wishes to be buried elsewhere.1 It is also said that his request was to be buried with “no scarf, cloak, black bow, long hat band or any other revolting absurdity.”2

For a reflection on Dickens’ life and legacy, you can read the article A showman who made his own world, by clicking here.


2 Tod Benoit, Where Are They Buried? (New York: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.), 290.