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With an Introduction and Notes by David Ellis, University of Kent at Canterbury. With Illustrations by R.Seymour, R.W. Buss and Hablot K. Browne (Phiz). The Pickwick Papers is Dickens' first novel and widely regarded as one of the major classics of comic writing in English. Originally serialised in monthly instalments, it quickly became a huge popular success with sales reaching 40,000 by the final part. In the century and a half since its first appearance, the characters of Mr Pickwick, Sam Weller and the whole of the ...

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LadyBeatrice

May 3, 2007

Dickens Fun

Though I've always enjoyed Dickens, somehow I missed reading Pickwick Papers. This pair of volumes is a fun read and I especially like the fact that many things help me get into a more Medieval frame of mind. Although Dickens is post SCA period, there are still many touches- such as the mention of multiple patens at the door of a bachelor's apartment, which help in visualizing the way of life in those days. As always, Dickens caracterizations are amusing and names very unique. I also recently read both of Robert Graves Claudius books for inspiration from the Roman period, and plan to read the Norman Conquests next.

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