Synopses & Reviews
The larger-than-life Mr. Pickwick, a benevolent and well-to-do gentleman, travels about the country righting wrongs and occasionallybut unintentionallywreaking havoc. Accompanying him is his faithful valet Sam Weller, and crossing paths with the Pickwickians is comic villain Alfred Jingle, whose misadventures repeatedly land the group in trouble. The Pickwick Papers began as a series of tales to accompany illustrations by caricaturist Robert Seymour, but soon took on a life of their own to become one of Dickenss best-loved comic stories.
"Dickens writes as though he were talking to us after dinner, in turns funny, bitter, eloquent, and sad." —John Mortimer, author, Rumpole of the Bailey
In 1836 the 23-year-old Dickens was invited by his publishers to write a monthly something' illustrated by sporting plates. Thus the Pickwick Club was born: its supposed papers' soom outgrew their origins and became a brilliantly comic novel, still among Dicken's most popular works.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (18121870) is considered one of the English language's greatest writers. His works include The Adventures of Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and A Tale of Two Cities.