The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

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Charles Dickens' first novel, The Pickwick Papers, was a phenomenal success upon its release. Like most of Dickens' work, it was first published in serial form, where it became the most popular reading of the day. The Pickwick Papers tells the story of Samuel Pickwick, a good-hearted old gentleman and president of the Pickwick Club. With three other members of the club, Pickwick travels around the English countryside, where he becomes caught up in a serious of comic adventures, from romantic and legal misunderstandings. Though light in tone, the novel foreshadows the social concerns that would emerge in Dickens' later work.



Publisher: [Naples, Fla.] : Trident Press International, 2000
ISBN: 9781927854129
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Alternative Title: Pickwick Club
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lpreston214
May 12, 2015

One of my faves by Dickens. So funny.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 26, 2015

"I shall never regret," said Mr. Pickwick in a low voice--"I shall never regret having devoted the greater part of two years to mixing with different varieties and shades of human character, frivolous as my pursuit of novelty may have appeared to many."
Dickens's first novel, which like many of his books, was published in serial form. Episodic and loosely structured, "Pickwick" is amusing and light, with hints of the darker turn his later novels would take (social issues, a court case that anticipates "Bleak House"). The influence of Smollett, Sterne, and Fielding is fairly clear, but it also shows Dickens discovering his all-embracing imaginative powers and deft character sketches. Not for the Dickens novice. Followed by his first great novel, "Oliver Twist."

SB2000 May 05, 2011

Picaresque, humane, light and humourous. While not as dark as Dicken's later works, some of the literary themes he returned to are there from the beginning. An episodic satire based on accute observations of society and social norms including: courting, politics, families, debtors prisons and the bottomless tar-pit that is the Law.

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