What the Dickens????
Charles Dickens was profoundly affected by his father’s experience in ‘the slammer’ and it is reflected in several of his novels. When young Charles was just 12 years old, John Dickens was arrested for debt and imprisoned in one of London’s then three debtors’ prisons, Marshalsea in Southwark (the others being The Fleet and The King’s Bench). While dad was doing time, Charles was sent to Warren’s Blacking factory to support the family.