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.


1853.

January, 13 (Thursday). Dickens attends a literary and artistic banquet, held in Birmingham.

March, 13. Received a Blank Child is published in Household Words.

March 19 (Saturday). A fire breaks out at Windsor Castle but is soon contained by firefighters.

April, 20 (Wednesday). Dickens attends a dinner at Devonshire House (London), hosted by the Duke of Devonshire, to support the Guild of Literature and Art.

June, 16 (Thursday). Puts on a benefit performance in support of the actress Miss Kelly’s (held at St. James’s Theatre ??).

Summer. Dickens tours Italy.

October. Outbreak of the Crimean War, initially between Russia and Turkey.

December, 27 (Tuesday). Charles Dickens gives his first public reading, A Christmas Carol at Birmingham Town Hall in aid of the Birmingham and Midland Institute.

December, 29 (Thursday). Dickens gives a second public reading at Birmingham Town Hall in aid of the Birmingham and Midland Institute, reading The Cricket on the Hearth.

December, 30 (Friday). Dickens gives a further public reading of A Christmas Carol at Birmingham Town Hall in aid of the Birmingham and Midland Institute, stipulating that the seats be mainly reserved for working classes.


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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