For more information on the historical character, see Charles Dickens on Wikipedia.


Charles Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870) was an English writer of the Victorian period.


Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England. After his father was thrown into debtors' prison, a young Charles left school to work in a factory. Thus, he received little formal schooling but nevertheless went on to become one of the most popular and influential writers of all time. Over his lifetime, Dickens wrote 15 novels and 5 novellas, along with hundreds of other publications. He died in 1870, at 58 years of age, due to a stroke.


  • His name, along with the title of one of his novels, Bleak House, can be seen on a Vault 101 blackboard.
  • He is mentioned on a plaque at the Old Corner Bookstore.
  • He, and the title of his second novel, Oliver Twist, are mentioned in one of the jokes Codsworth or Buddy can tell the Sole Survivor.[1]
  • When in conversation with Gilbert Hopson, Vault Dwellers have a chance to threaten him into handing over supplies with a Strength of +8. When doing so, he will quote Dickens' work Doctor Marigold: "no one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."


Charles Dickens is mentioned in Fallout 3, Fallout 4, and the Fallout 76 update Wastelanders.



  1. Codsworth: "Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a Martini. The bartender turns to him and asks, "Olive or twist?""
    (Codsworth's companion dialogue)
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