"How easily Dickens moved from his fictional family to his real family, and how in giving them all nicknames he was in a sense turning them into fiction, too. But with them he was . . . always considerate, always gentle to them about their small troubles and childish terrors" [qtd. by Peter Ackroyd in Dickens, 452-53]

1. Charles Dickens, Jr. ("Charley" or Charles Culliford Boz, 1837-1896) was educated at Eton, worked for Baring's Bank and in the China trade before serving as subeditor of All the Year Round, becoming Editor after CD's death in 1870.
2. Mary Dickens ("Mamie" or "Mild Glos'ter," 1838-1896) wrote the Dickens biography My Father, As I Recall Him (1897).
3. Kate Macready Dickens ("Katey," 1839-1929) studied art at Bedford College, and married Charles Allston Collins, and afterwards painter Carlo Perugini. Gladys Storey's interviews with her resulted in Dickens and Daughter (1939).
4. Walter Savage Landor Dickens (1841-1863) served as a cadet in the East India Company, became a lieutenant in the 42nd Highlanders (The Black Watch), and died in Calcutta of an aneurism.
5. Francis Jeffrey Dickens ("Frank," 1844-1886) served in both the Bengal Mounted Police in India and the Canadian Northwest Mounted Police.
6. Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens ("Skittles," 1845-1912) was named after his two godfathers, the poet laureate and his father's great friend, the dandy Count D'Orsay (1801-52). He emigrated to Australia at age 20, and died in New York in 1912 while on tour, lecturing about his father's life and works.
7. Sydney Smith Haldimand Dickens ("Ocean Spectre," 1847-1872) served as a naval officer, and died at sea.
8. Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, Q. C. ("Harry," 1849-1933), a Cambridge graduate, sportsman, and lawyer; father of novelist Monica Dickens.
9. Dora Annie Dickens (1850-1851), named after the first wife of David Copperfield, died in infancy on 14 April 1851.
10. Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens ("Plorn," 1852-1902) at the age of 17 was sent to join his brother Alfred in Australia. He became an MP in New South Wales.

Related Materials


Ackroyd, Peter. Dickens. London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1990.

Davis, Paul. Charles Dickens A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Work. New York: Facts On File, 1999.

Nayder, Lillian. The Other Dickens: A Life of Catherine Hogarth. Ithaca, New York: Cornell U. P., 2011.

Schlicke, Paul (ed.). The Oxford Readers's Companion to Dickens. Oxford: Oxford U. P., 1999.

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