1837-39 Oliver Twist

1838-39 Nicholas Nickelby

1840-41 The Old Curiosity Shop, Baranby Rudge.

1842 Travelled to the United States.

1843-44 Martin Chuzzlewit, A Christmas Carol.

1844-45 Travelled to Italy and France.

1846-48 Dombey and Son.

1849-50 David Copperfield.

1852-53 Bleak House

1854 Hard Times

1855-57 Little Dorrit

1857 A year before leaving his wife, Dickens fell in love with a mysterious young actress, Ellen Ternan. The couple hid their relationship.

1858 Started giving public readings of his works, despite recurrent bouts of illness. He separated from his wife. So began a bitter public wrangle between Dcikens and his supporters, and Catherine and her family. Georgina, Catherine´s sister, stood by Dickens, and insisted on remaining in the Dickens home, where for years she had taken Catherine´s place as housekeeper and mentor of the children. Rumour now linked Dickens´ name with his sister-in-law as well as Ellen.

1859 A Tale of Two Cities

1860-61 Great Expectations

1864-65 Out Mutual Friend

1867-68 Tour of public reading in the USA. His health deteriorated.

1870 Died at Gad´s Hill; He was buried, against his wishes, in Westminster Abbey. He left a fortune of &93,000 -more than half of which came from the proceeds of his public readings.

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