And yet despite Dickens’ lower social standing and lack of wealth, Catherine ultimately fell for him. It appears that Dickens felt similarly towards Catherine, too, as the couple were engaged to be wed only weeks after the birthday party; they subsequently tied the knot in April 1836. The pair also wasted little time in starting a family.
Indeed, Catherine and Dickens’ first child arrived in January 1837 – mere months after their marriage. The newborn boy was subsequently named Charles Culliford Boz Dickens in honor of his father. And it’s said that Catherine took to motherhood quite well. Parenting therefore became yet another string to her bow, since the young woman had already proved her skill in both acting and cooking.
Also in 1837, Dickens began the serial publication of what would become one of his most famous novels: Oliver Twist. The book – which was a great success at the time – further established the author as a considerable talent. And thanks to his work, Dickens was held in high esteem across the Atlantic, too, if an event held in New York City in 1842 is anything to go by.