According to the New York Times, Dickens was on a train that derailed over a bridge, in the only first-class carriage that didn’t plummet into a river.
He not only found the key that freed his friends, he went to the carriages below and gave water and brandy to those who needed it.
Then, in a move that can only be called “bad ass,” the ailing 53-year-old “climbed back into the dangling carriage and retrieved from the pocket of his coat the installment of Our Mutual Friend that he had just completed and was taking to his publishers.” The reason he was never publicly lauded for his actions?
He was keeping it on the down-low because he was traveling with his mistress. He helped create a home for “fallen women.” In a world where women had few options to support themselves and their families, prostitution was a common crime, but one that was severely punished.
His father worked in the Navy Pay Office, and the family moved several times until settling in Chatham, Kent until he was 11.
He was the second child of eight born to Elizabeth and John Dickens.Dickens' life was the best of times at the height of his fame and the worst of times during his childhood.Find out all the details about Charles Dickens and his unusual life and how this influenced his books in our 10 fascinating facts about Charles Dickens...Edwin Drood was a young man engaged to Rosa Bud, who is also the object of his uncle John Jasper’s affections, as well as Neville Landless, a young man from Ceylon.After he and Rosa break their engagement, Drood disappears.He may not have been the conventional Victorian gentleman but no one can say his life was boring.With these strange facts in mind, next time you're reading one of his novels see if you can notice the influence his life had on his work.Charles Dickens is one of the most famous writers of all time with his books having been read by countless literature fans and English students throughout the world for over 150 years.But, how much do you know about the man behind the words?Dickens had to leave school at 12 and take up a job in a boot-blacking factory after his father, John, was sent to prison for debt in 1824.He returned to school when his family inherited enough money to cover what they owed.