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Charles Dickens

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the-pickwick-papers-charles-dickens_V2Copies sold of the final installment of The Pickwick Papers at the height of its popularity 40,000iconAmount of money Dickenss father was imprisoned for owing ~£40Installment of The Pickwick Papers in which Sam Weller first appears 4thThe Pickwick Papersby the NumbersCopies sold of The Pickwick Papers during Dickens's lifetime 1.6MNarrator, Chapter 4here are very few moments in a mans existence when he experiences so much ludicrous distress, or meets with so little charitable commiseration, as when he is in pursuit of his own hat.Law & PoliticsIn an unjust society, conniving lawyers and unconcerned politicians look out for only themselves.Marriage & LoveMarrying for love brings happiness, while marrying for money and respect brings problems.ThemesSuffering of the PoorPoor people struggle in a system rigged against them, and the unlucky end up in debtors’ prison.Sources: Charles Dickens Info,, History in an Hour, Paris Review, Southwark Prisons: British History Online, University of Chicago Library, Victorian Web Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Dickens built on painful childhood experiences to write novels that entertained, informed, and influenced people. His many famous books include A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations. The Pickwick Papers was originally serialized and rose to popularity with the introduction of the humorous character Sam Weller.CHARLES DICKENS181270AuthorMain CharactersEMPLOYERFRIENDSLANDLORDCO-CONSPIRATORSFRIENDSFRIENDSMr. PickwickAdventurous elderly gentleman; leader of the Pickwick ClubMr. TupmanPickwick Club member; hopeless romanticMr. SnodgrassPickwick Club member; aspiring poetMr. WinklePickwick Club member; supposedly a sportsmanSam WellerPickwicks loyal servant and protectorMrs. BardellSues Pickwick for breach of promiseJob TrotterJingle's servant, friend, and accompliceMr. JingleFormer actor; lives by his wits, conning people—including PickwickMr. Pickwick and friends meet Mr. Jingle as they start their journey.1Mrs. Bardell mistakenly believes Pickwick proposed to her. 2Pickwick refuses to pay Mrs. Bardell, is arrested for debt, and finds Mr. Jingle starving in prison.3Pickwick gets out of debtors’ prison and lives happily ever after. 4Mr. Samuel Pickwick, a kindly old man, journeys around England with his friends, causing mishaps and trying to stop a charming con man. A misunderstanding lands him and his servant Sam Weller in debtorsprison, but he survives and even does some good there. Free again, Mr. Pickwick lives happily ever after, cared for by faithful Sam.A Tour of Victorian EnglandOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1836–37Years PublishedCharles DickensAuthorComedyThe Pickwick PapersNovel

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