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The Pickwick Papers

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The Pickwick Papers (1837) was Charles Dickens’ first commercial success and catapulted the young writer to instant fame. Initially appearing in serial form in a popular periodical, the loosely connected stories of Samuel Pickwick and his three sidekicks as they travel about the country is a comic masterpiece of life in 1830’s England.

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Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.

Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction.

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“One of my life’s greatest tragedies is to have already read Pickwick Papers- I can’t go back and read it for the first time.”- Fernando Pessoa

“If I must choose only one Dickens then it’s his first novel. It’s wonderfully funny, kind and good-natured- just like dear Mr Pickwick himself.”-Edwina Currie

In the picaresque series of sketches in Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens wrote one of the masterpieces of comic fiction, and presented readers with some of the most colorful and beloved characters of all time. In Dickens’ first novel, initially based on a series of illustrations, members of the eponymous club recount their various experiences and encounters as they travel around England. Without the dark themes that dominated so many of his novels, this is a refreshingly lighthearted and unabashedly fun read.

Charles Dickens was 24 years old when he was asked to write the text of a series of illustrations for publication of a serial in nineteen installments. At the center of the novel are the members of The Pickwick Club; notably the head of the establishment, Mr. Samuel Pickwick; he has decided, at the outset of the book, to organize a travel society comprising of four members. At the Pickwick Club the members will be required to recount their exploits in the English countryside. As they venture out, the four men become entangled with a dizzying array of mishaps; including failed romance, debtors’ prison, judicial and social injustice, and mix-ups of gargantuan heights. Warm-hearted and thoroughly entertaining, this is a wild romp through 19th Century England.

With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of The Pickwick Papers is both modern and readable.

Product details

Authors Charles Dickens
Publisher Ingram Publishers Services
 
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 06.10.2020
 
EAN 9781513266114
ISBN 978-1-5132-6611-4
No. of pages 780
Dimensions 127 mm x 204 mm x 40 mm
Weight 840 g
Series Mint Editions
Mint Editions—Literary Fiction
Mint Editions (Literary Fiction)
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature

Fiction: general & literary

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