The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens during the year 1864, 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.
- January. Dickens receives the news of the death of his son, Walter, dies in India.
- April (12). Gives a speech in support of free health care for the poor, held at the Willis’s Rooms, London.
- May. Our Mutual Friend is published monthly between May 1864 and November 1865. The first part contains what is now Book 1, Chapters 1-4 in volume form.
- June. Second part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 1, Chapters 5-7).
- July. Third part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 1, Chapters 8-10).
- August. Fourth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 1, Chapters 11-13).
- September. Fifth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 1, Chapters 14-17).
- September (17). Death of Walter Savage Landor. Writer, poet and close friend of Charles Dickens, Walter Savage Landor dies in Florence at the age of 89.
- October. Sixth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 2, Chapters 1-3).
- October (29, Saturday). The caricaturist and illustrator John Leech dies, aged 47, at his Kensington home. A friend of Dickens, he illustrated A Christmas Carol.
- November. Seventh part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 2, Chapters 4-6).
- November (4, Friday). Dickens attends the funeral of the illustrator John Leech at Kensal Green Cemetery, along with a number of colleagues from the arts and literature professions.
- December. Eighth part of Our Mutual Friend published (Book 2, Chapters 7-10).