Born on February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens is one of the most
popular literary authors of all time. After a very tumultuous
childhood, Dickens finally succeeded in getting his first story in
a London periodical. As the number of his published works
increased, so did his fame. Although he died in 1870, Dickens works
are some of the most famous written works in the English
Ernest Hilbert received his doctorate in English Language and Literature from Oxford University in 2000. He has served as editor for the Oxford Quarterly, Random House's magazine Bold Type, and the Contemporary Poetry Review. His writing has appeared in American Scholar, The New Republic, The New Criterion, London Magazine, Yale Review, and many other publications. He is an antiquarian bookseller with the firm Bauman Rare Books, where he has had the pleasure of placing many Charles Dickens first editions of into private and public collections.