Dickens' harsh childhood is reflected in theme of the story. Born in 1812 in England, Dickens did not have an easy youth. His father spent time in one of England's most famous debtor's prisons. During that time, Dickens, only 12 years old, was forced to leave school and began working ten-hour days at a warehouse. The harsh working conditions made a deep impression on him.
Dickens began writing at a young age and eventually became a very successful and popular writer.
Dickens is also credited with popularizing "serials" and the "cliffhanger." Realizing that an expensive leatherbound book cost a working man almost two weeks pay, he started printing his stories in monthly installments on inexpensive paper with an important story point to be revealed in the next installment. This proved to be a very successful but even as Dickens became an extremely wealthy man, he never forgot where he came from. He never forgot what it was like to do without. Throughout his life he, Dickens was a advocate for socio-economic and labor condition reform to help the less fortunate.
Some of Dickens other famous works includes: Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, Great Expectations, and The Pickwick Papers.