With The Pickwick Papers, published when he was twenty-five, Dickens established himself at a single stroke as a major creative artist, revealing the depths of his human sympathy, the breadth of his knowledge, and the extraordinary scope of his linguistic virtuosity. A loosely connected series of stories, originally written to accompany illustrations, gradually turns into a remarkable comic novel in the tradition of Cervantes and Fielding. Mr Pickwick is a worthy successor to Don Quixote and Tom Jones, a bespectacled knight-errant dispensing sympathy and justice to all who cross his path. The Everyman edition includes the forty-three illustrations by Seymour and ‘Phiz’ which accompanied the original edition and also reprints the 1907 preface by G. K. Chesterton.
Hardcover, 820 pages.