Charles Dickens was probably one of the most famous writers of the Victorian era, and anything that resembles his work has now been granted the honorable title Dickensian. Although his stories usually have happy endings, his own story most certainly did not start happily. Dickens early life was spent mostly in debtors prison because his poor dad couldnt pay off his debts so the whole family had to join him in the slammer, a fairly typical practice in Victorian England.He eventually worked in a factory to help pay off the debts, and the terrible working conditions were a major inspiration to his writing. As an adult, he appeared to be a more lighthearted guy, often pulling practical jokes. He had a fake bookcase with books that were hilariously titled, including Noahs Arkitechture and a ninevolume set titled Cats Lives.