Did you know . . . before becoming famous as a writer, Charles Dickens practiced as a parliamentary shorthand reporter in London, England? At a young age he worked at a law firm, which he grew to dislike, and soon thereafter purchased Gurney’s Brachygraphy and taught himself shorthand. He went on to work for The Morning Chronicle, a London newspaper, in 1834 as one of twelve parliamentary shorthand reporters. Dickens was highly regarded for speed and accuracy while recording debates, also earning “the reputation of being the most rapid, the most accurate, and the most trustworthy reporter then engaged on the London press.” Dickens’ struggles to learn shorthand became a subplot in the well-known novel David Copperfield.