The Pickwick Papers   -     By: Charles Dickens, Mark Wormald
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The Pickwick Papers

Penguin Putnam Inc. / 2000 / Paperback

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Few books have ever been greeted with such excitement as The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. This was the comic masterpiece that carried the 24-year-old Dickens to fame as it appeared in monthly instalments in 1836-7." "This Penguin Classic, edited by Mark Wormald, makes available the first volume edition of 1837 together with the original illustrations.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 848
Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc.
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 7.77 X 5.08 X 1.37 (inches)
ISBN: 0140436111
ISBN-13: 9780140436112
UPC: 051488011002
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’Rising rage and extreme bewilderment had swelled the noble breast of Mr Pickwick, almost to the bursting of his waistcoat’

Few first novels have created as much popular excitement as The Pickwick Papers – a comic masterpiece that catapulted its twenty-four-year-old author to immediate fame. Readers were captivated by the adventures of the poet Snodgrass, the lover Tupman, the sportsman Winkle and, above all, by that quintessentially English Quixote, Mr Pickwick, and his cockney Sancho Panza, Sam Weller. From the hallowed turf of Dingley Dell Cricket Club to the unholy fracas of the Eatanswill election, via the Fleet debtor’s prison, characters and incidents sprang to life from Dickens’s pen, to form an enduringly popular work of ebullient humour and literary invention.

This edition is based on the first volume edition of 1837, and includes the original illustrations. In his introduction, Mark Wormald discusses the genesis of The Pickwick Papers and the emergence of its central characters.

Author Bio

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

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