The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens during for each year of his adult life, as we come across them in letters, newspaper articles and other research. We have also included some key contemporary events that occurred in society.


1834.

January. The sketch Mrs. Joseph Porter is published in The Monthly Magazine.

February. The sketch Horatio Sparkins is published in The Monthly Magazine.

February (7). Charles Dickens’s 22nd birthday.

April. The sketch The Bloomsbury Christening is published in The Monthly Magazine.

May. The sketch The Boardinghouse is published in The Monthly Magazine.

June. Original Papers, a short story is published anonymously in Bell’s Weekly Magazine.

August (1). The slavery abolition act, banning slavery throughout the British Empire, comes into force.

August. Dickens becomes a reporter on The Morning Chronicle.

August. Dickens begins using the pseudonym “Boz“ in the sketch The Boardinghouse-No. II, published in The Monthly Magazine.

September. Dickens is sent to Edinburgh to report on a political banquet given for Earl Grey, his first travel outside of south east England.

September (26). The sketch Omnibuses is published in The Morning Chronicle.

Autumn. Meets fellow writer at The Morning Chronicle and future father-in-law, George Hogarth.

Autumn/Winter. Meets his future wife, Catherine Hogarth.

October. The sketch The Steam Excursion is published in The Monthly Magazine.

October (10). The sketch Shops and Their Tenants is published in The Morning Chronicle.

October (16). Houses of Parliament destroyed by fire.

October (23). The sketch The Old Bailey is published in The Morning Chronicle.

November (5). The sketch Shabby-genteel People is published in The Morning Chronicle.

December. Dickens takes a lease on chambers (rooms) at Furnival’s Inn, Holborn with his younger brother Frederick, at a rent of £35 per year, paid in advance.

December (15). The sketch Brokers and Marine-store Shops is published in The Morning Chronicle.


Missing a date? if you know of any movements not covered here we would welcome letting us know, along with a reference to any source material so we can try to fill in the gaps.


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