Charles Dickens is one of the world's greatest and best-loved novelists. He created such indelible child characters as Oliver Twist, Little Nell, Tiny Tim and David Copperfield. Dickens endured a difficult childhood. When he was 11, his father was sent to debtors' prison, and Dickens was put to work in a blackening factory. Beginning in his teens, his talent, energy and drive ensured he would never suffer such disgrace again. Dickens also had great expectations for his 10 children -- seven boys and three girls. Author Robert Gottlieb tells us what became of the sons and daughters of Charles Dickens.
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Excerpted from "Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens" by Robert Gottlieb, published in November 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Copyright ©2012 by Robert Gottlieb. All rights reserved.