Prospects brightened almost at once. He had been writing some sketches of London life, and several of these were accepted and published by the Monthly Magazine and the Evening Chronicle. In March 1834, Dickens landed a job as a reporter for the important Whig (liberal) newspaper, the Morning Chronicle. Journalism kept him in practice with the written word and forced him to observe closely and report accurately; it was excellent training for a man who saw more and more clearly that he wanted to make his mark in literature. Early in 1836, Dickens' collected pieces were published as Sketches by Boz. The book was very favorably reviewed, sold well, and went through three editions by 1837. 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,
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