Charles was only able to start going to school when he was nearly twelve, and his father was out of prison. He very much wanted to study, but he did not finish his schooling. After two years of school he began working again. He had to work hard to earn his living, and tried very many trades, but he did not like any of them. His ambition was to study and become a well-educated man. At the age of fifteen he often went to the famous library of the British Museum. He spent a lot of time in the library reading-room. He read and studied there and in this way he got an education.
Later Dickens described his childhood and youth in some of his famous novels, among them "Little Dorrit" and "David Copperfield."
The great writer died more than a hundred years ago (in 1870), but everybody still enjoys reading his books.