How much of an infulence was Charles Dickens life on his books?
When Dickens was a boy of twelve he was compelled by his
parents, who were undergoing serious financial problems, to go to
work at a shoe polish factory called Warren's Blacking Factory, and
to live in a garret nearby. He was only there a few months but was
so distressed and humiliated that the experience colored his entire
life. As an adult, he championed child labor laws, poverty laws,
and education laws, and worked and contributed generously to those
causes. And every book and short story he wrote in some way
reflected his childhood experiences.