Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was born in Portsmouth, England, one of eight children. He grew up in poverty, had little formal education, and yet became the most prominent and revered English Victorian writer as well as a journalist. His novels include David Copperfield, The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities
Robert Giddings is a literary critic and broadcaster who regularly writes for publications including the Tribune and the Dickensian. He is the author of A Student's Guide to Charles Dickens, and co-author with Keith Selby of The Classic Serial on Television and Radio.