National Geographic : 1955 Sep
... and at His Home The writer was born in 1812 into a life of poverty. At 12, at a time his father was in prison for debt, he was forced to earn his own living in the drudgery of a warehouse. + Years later, after Dickens had climbed the ladder from office boy, court reporter, and newspaper writer, he realized a childhood dream of owning Gad's Hill Place, a mansion near Rochester. Here he stands on the porch with daughters Mary (left) and Kate. Seated: Music critic Henry F. Chorley; writer Charles Collins, Kate's hus band and brother of Wilkie Collins; and Georgina Ho garth, sister of Mrs. Dickens. -r=--~ -.. ...... 305 Trustees of the Dickens House | Dickens Characters Bid Their Creator Bon Voyage England in the person of John Bull shakes Dickens's hand in a Judy cartoon commemorating his sailing to Boston in 1867. Micawber stands behind the author. Bespectacled Pickwick crowds near. Sairey Gamp cries into a handkerchief. Captain Cuttle carries a hook in place of a hand. Feeble-witted Barnaby Rudge with his raven (right) grows more _ melancholy than ever. Oliver Twist (far left) waves a spoon.