Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is arguably the most famous British author of the Victorian era. His novels have never been out of print, and continue to be widely read and adapted today. After his father was imprisoned for debt, Dickens worked while still a child in a shoe polish factory. These events instilled in him a life-long sense of social injustice often explored in his novels. His work was initially published in serial form: Dickens wrote as it was published, enabling him to adjust plots in response to his audience's wishes.