HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Charles Dickens's classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge's encounters with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. AUTHOR: Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and grew up in poverty. This experience influenced `Oliver Twist', the second of his fourteen major novels, which first appeared in 1837. When he died in 1870, he was buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey as an indication of his huge popularity as a novelist, which endures to this day.