A month after the appearance of this book, Dickens published the initial part of his first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Immensely successful, Pickwick established Dickens at once as the most popular writer in England. He left the Morning Chronicle and became the editor of Bentley's Miscellany, a magazine in which Oliver Twist was published in installments beginning in February 1837. On April 2,1836, Dickens married Catherine Hogarth. Although the marriage produced ten children, it was never a love-match, and "Kate" never came close to meeting Dickens' ideal of romantic femininity. In Victorian England, divorce was difficult, scandalous, and often socially and financially ruinous.Eventually, however, Dickens did effect a permanent separation from Catherine. Quite early in the
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