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Early in 1836, the 23-year old Dickens, still primarily a journalist and successful author of "Sketches by Boz", was invited by his publishers to write a "monthly something" illustrated by sporting plates. The Pickwick Club was born and its supposed "papers" grew into a comic novel which also satirized pre-Victorian London. This edition presents the Clarendon text established by Professor Kinsley in 1986 and includes a new introduction and explanatory notes by the same. These were revised by Kathleen Tillotson in 1987. ...

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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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