John Forster was a political writer, critic and biographer and a personal friend of author Charles Dickens.
Born in April 1812 at Newcastle, he moved to London and trained for a legal profession but never practised. He devoted his early life to periodical writing, and at the age of just 20 was writing political articles in the London paper The Examiner, attracting attention for their outspokenness.
Charles Dickens and John Forster.
He died in February, 1876.