The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens during the year 1839, as we come across them in letters, newspaper articles and other research. We have also included some key contemporary events that occurred in society.
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.
- March. Visits Exeter, rents a cottage in nearby Alphington for his parents.
- March (30). Dickens chairs a dinner given to William Charles Macready at the Shakespeare Club.
- April (30). Charles Dickens rents Elm Cottage, Petersham (until Aug 31) and spends a lot of that summer there.
- July (20). Dickens is a speaker at a banquet to honour William Charles Macready at the end of his tenure of Theatre Royal Covent Garden.
- September (20). Dickens finishes writing Nicholas Nickleby.
- October (5). A dinner to celebrate completion of Nicholas Nickleby is held at the Albion Tavern. Dickens is presented with a portrait drawn by Daniel Maclise.
- October (23). Nicholas Nickleby is first published in one volume. The novel is dedicated to William Charles Macready.
- October (29). Dickens’s third child, Kate Macready, is born.
- December. The Dickens family move into large premises at Devonshire Terrace, near Regents Park.