I was born in, 1812 in Portsea, Portsmouth. My father was a clerk in the navy-pay office. I was the second child of eight. In the winter of 1814 my family moved from Portsea to London. I loved Kent, where my family was eventually established, near to the dockyard at Chatham. I looked upon myself in later years as a man of Kent.
From 1822 I lived in London, until, in 1860, when I moved permanently to a country house, near Chatham in Kent. I was the eldest son. I had been withdrawn from school and was now set to manual work in a factory, my father went to prison for debt. Though abhorring this brief descent into the working class I began to gain that sympathetic knowledge of its life and privations.
Much drawn to the theatre, I nearly became a professional actor in 1832. In 1833 I began contributing stories to magazines and newspapers. Some published in February 1936. This began my famous writing career.
I was married in 1836 to Catherine Hogarth and had nine children. I was estranged from my wife in 1858 after the birth of her ten children, but maintained relations with my mistress, the actress Ellen Ternan. I died of a stroke in 1870. I am buried at Westminster Abbey. WHO AM I?
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