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Catherine Dickens (née Hogarth) (1816-1879), Wife of Charles Dickens
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Catherine was the daughter of George Hogarth, one of the first editors of Charles Dickens whom she married in 1836. Dickens appears to have married Catherine more out of a sense of affectionate expediency than love. He found her apparent lethargy increasingly irritating. They had ten children together, before Dickens abruptly separated from her in 1858, allegedly after she objected to his rumoured affair with the actress Ellen Ternan. His subsequent unkindness towards her conflicts with his famed reputation for social compassion.