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 and major news events from across the world at the time.
January, 21. Dickens is first elected to join the Garrick Club.
January, 31. Oliver Twist is published between January 1837 and March 1839.
February, 7 (Sunday). Charles Dickens’s 25th birthday.
March, 6. Is She His Wife?, a comic burletta and Dickens’s most risqué work, opens at the St James’s Theatre.
May, 13. Mary Hogarth is buried at Kensal Green cemetery.
June, 16. John Forster takes Dickens to see Othello at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Forster introduces Dickens to the actor and theatre manager, William Charles Macready, who would become a close friend for the rest of his life.
]June, 20. Victoria becomes became Queen of the United Kingdom.
July, 1. General Register Office begins the practice of registering births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales.
July, 20. Euston Station, London’s first mainline railway terminus, is opened.
September, 9. John Macrone, Charles Dickens’s first publisher, dies aged 28.
Dickens’ beloved older sister, Fanny, marries Henry Burnett.
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.