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    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club The Pickwick Papers, Charles DickensThe Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club also known as The Pickwick Papers was Charles Dickens s first novel He was asked to contribute to the project as an up and coming writer following the success of Sketches by Boz, published in 1836 Dickens still writing under the pseudonym of Boz The Pickwick Papers is a sequence of loosely related adventures The action is given as occurring 1827 8, though critics have noted some seeming anachronisms It has been stated that Dickens satirized the case of George Norton suing Lord Melbourne in The Pickwick Papers The novel s main character, Samuel Pickwick, Esquire, is a kind and wealthy old gentleman, the founder and perpetual president of the Pickwick Club To extend his researches into the quaint and curious phenomena of life, he suggests that he and three other Pickwickians Mr Nathaniel Winkle, Mr Augustus Snodgrass, and Mr Tracy Tupman should make journeys to places remote from London and report on their findings to the other members of the club Their travels throughout the English countryside by coach provide the chief theme of the novel A distinctive and valuable feature of the work is the generally accurate description of the old coaching inns of England One of the main families running the Bristol to Bath coaches at the time was started by Eleazer Pickwick 2016 1 1394 1117 9786002295095 1 9786002295101 2 9786002295118 600000 19 24 1836 24


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    Have you read The Pickwick Papers It does seem to be the one work by Charles Dickens which is sadly neglected by many readers The Pickwick Papers was originally published in 19 monthly magazine instalments, from March 1836 to October 1837, this last being a double issue They were then reissued in a volume as The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club in 1839 when Dickens was still only 25 They comprise humorous sketches, themselves interspersed with incidental tales, such as The Goblins who stole a Sexton told by minor characters This is where the young Charles Dickens began to cut his teeth as a writer Dickens at the time was relatively unknown and quite poor He was 23, and had just written various sketches about London life for magazines The publishers Chapman and Hall asked him to write pieces in a similar vein to accompany some plates by Robert Seymour, an established illustrator These plates were of bumbling members of a sporting club getting themselves into various predicaments Dickens s brief was to connect them by providing a comic story, and the two parts would then form a picture novel a popular entertainment of the time Dickens was quite excited by the idea, but straightaway started to alter the plan In his own words, he objected that it would be infinitely better for the plates to arise naturally out of the text and that I would like to take my own way, with a freer range of English scenes and people, and was afraid I should ultimately do so in any case, whatever course I might prescribe to myself at starting One can only imagine how presumptuous this must have sounded Seymour was 38 years old and had already illustrated the works of Shakespeare, Milton, Cervantes and Wordsworth He was a talented artist who had been exhibited at the Royal Academy over a decade earlier when he was just 24 He was on his way to becoming the President of the Royal Academy, and thought to be one of the greatest artists since Hogarth Despite all this, Dickens got his way, and led the episodes by the story He evidently must have a been a charismatic and forceful character even at this young age Now of course we know the true extent of the brilliance of the man Ironically and tragically Seymour committed suicide before the second issue of The Pickwick Papers was published He had a few drinks with Dickens, delivered his latest sketch of The Dying Clown to the publishers, then went home and shot himself There is a fascinating back story attached to this but this is not the place to tell it Robert Buss was then commissioned to illustrate the third instalment, but his work was not liked by Dickens and the remaining instalments were illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne who took the name Phiz This was to accompany the penname Dickens had already made his own, Boz Hablot Knight Browne went on to illustrate most of Dickens novels The main characters in Pickwick are Mr Samuel Pickwick himself, a gentleman of independent means a retired man of business He is accompanied by the too susceptible Mr Tracy Tupman, also mature in years, but inclined to fall in love at the drop of a hat The other two members of the travelling party are younger the sporting Mr Nathaniel Winkle and the poetic Mr Augustus Snodgrass Their aim is to travel throughout the English countryside researching the quaint and curious phenomena of life They are to report back at intervals on authenticated accounts of their journeys and investigations of their observations of character and manners and of the whole of their adventures , to the club s headquarters in London They stay at coaching inns, and their adventures as they travel by coach through London, Rochester, Ipswich, Bath, Bristol and Birmingham form the basis of this rollicking ride Satire and farce continue to underpin the whole of the narrative, as the bumbling quartet become embroiled in ever ludicrous situations The confidence trickster Alfred Jingle appeared in the very first issue He repeatedly landed the Pickwickians in trouble with his devious tricks, and whenever he pops up in the narrative the reader knows they are in for a particularly droll episode In the fourth issue, or chapter 10 the astute and wily cockney Sam Weller is introduced, to be taken on as Pickwick s servant He provides a delightful counterpart to Pickwick s idealistic naivety.There about a dozen other important minor characters, and literally hundreds comic cameos scattered throughout the book This is no exaggeration, incidentally The book has 57 chapters, and there are maybe 5 10 of these cameos in each delightful thumbnail sketches of characters with exaggerated personality traits It would indeed be a lengthy exercise to detail all these numerous comic characters and situations The Pickwick Papers is by definition episodic a linked sequence of events If anything it is character heavy and in danger of sinking under their weight And given such a dodgy start to the enterprise, it is surprising that the whole can still be read and enjoyed by the modern reader Each of the 19 issues contains either 2 or 3 chapters, and it must have been incredibly frustrating for Dickens, that he could neither rewrite nor withdraw any part of them This was however the regime and pressure that he had to work under for most of his life Each chapter is headed by a description of the following events Typically though, in what was to become a favourite style of Dickens, this is written so obliquely that the reader is not entirely sure what is actually going to happen even then.In addition to this workload, from February 1837 onwards, Dickens was also producing monthly episodes of Oliver Twist at the same time Whenever the reader feels that the action is sagging a little, or that Dickens s writing is becoming a little overblown, it is as well to remember the constraints of producing work at such breakneck speed, without any possibility of editing It would be most unfair to judge it by comparison with other novels of the time or even Dickens s own future novels as this is not how it was conceived Chapman and Hall printed only 1000 copies of the first monthly instalment, but by the end of the serial 40,000 copies were being printed As soon as the character of Sam Weller was introduced, sales began to pick up, and he became enormously popular with the reading public So much so, that his image was popular outside the stories themselves, much as Pickwick himself is for present day readers For which of us now is not familiar with an image of Pickwick, on everything from Christmas cards to tins of biscuits Dickens is often criticised for his inaccurate rendering of the cockney accent, and Sam Weller s verancular and that of his father is probably the first time we see this But read this exchange during a trial, Do you spell it with a V or a W enquired the Judge That depends upon the taste and fancy of the speller my lord, replied Sam I never had occasion to spell it than once or twice in my life, but I spells it with a V Or later, when Mr Weller senior is sorting out probate and dealing with the bank after a will He is instructed to wait at a part of the counter above which was a round black board with a large W on it the initial letter of the deceased He says, There s somethin wrong here We s our letter this won t do On both these occasions the confusions between the two letters is used to increase the comic effect I personally think Dickens knew exactly what he was doing He was well enough acquainted with all walks of life in London not make a mistake The Pickwick Papers in serial form were published at a very eventful period of Dickens life During the month issue 2 was published, not only did the illustrator Seymour commit suicide, as mentioned, but Dickens himself married Catherine Hogarth For issue 11, his first son Charley was born, issue 12 came at the same time as the first instalment of Oliver Twist again in serial form For issue 13 the couple moved house to Doughty Street, and during April when issue 14 was out, Catherine s sister with whom it is fairly sure Dickens was in love died With this whirlwind of a year Dickens had set a precedent for the way he would live his life He was a writing phenomenon a true workaholic Between his writing and his performances on stage, he eventually worked himself to death.What s , the basis for his work is all here in The Pickwick Papers The love of caricature and the grotesque, the drama and the humour, the sentimentality and the pathos There is also the social conscience, the indignant portrayal of the absurdity and corruption not only of individuals, but of the machinery held in such esteem by civilised democratic societies Dickens is never afraid to poke fun at anything, however august and honourable the person or the institution.Lawyers, politicians and even some churchmen are portrayed either as pompous figures of ridicule or unscrupulous charlatans Medical men are sawbones who use secondhand leeches , new men of science are gullible fools The debtors prison is jampacked with people who have ended up there through no fault of their own, and have no prospect of ever getting out The beloved Artful Dodger of Oliver Twist is here in embryonic form, as Sam Weller Dickens s passion for justice, for seeing everything in its true colours and laughing at it, is here already, and I love him for it His talent is ripe and just waiting to be developed into some of the greatest novels in the English Language All this, from an author in his early twenties For those who think my star rating is generous, that this is one of his weaker novels , I would say just look at some extracts Read the episode about the refractory mare Or Pickwick s trial Or the incident with the lady in yellow curl papers Or account of the Pickwickians slithering about on the ice His style for writing farce is already perfect it could not be improved Yes, the structure is loose and The Pickwick Papers is overlong The first part of this review explains why But reading through The Pickwick Papers in its entirety provides us with a unique opportunity to follow a piece of history It started as a minor piece by a relatively unknown young writer, yet in some ways it can be seen as the chronicle of his journey By the end The Pickwick Papers was a huge success, both the work and its author taking Britain by storm Dickens s life would never be the same again he achieved celebrity status with this work Agreed, it is a lesser work compared with the whole canon But if you have already enjoyed reading any Dickens, then please do not miss out on the true gems in this remarkable collection.


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    Love this book Been reading over a long time period, but it is written in such a way that you can just pick up and read another installment Classic Dickens fantastic colorful characters who get in interesting situations I ve laughed out loud many times in this book Unfortunately, I picked up something else, and set this aside Now I ve decided to try again later as I ve forgotten too much.


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    This is just the first half So far, so good Working on the 2nd half now.


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    Am 13.05.1827 beschlie en Samuel Pickwick, ein wohlhabender, lterer Herr und Gr nder des nach ihm benannten Pickwick Clubs, Mr Nathaniel Winkle, Mr Augustus Snodgrass, and Mr Tracy Tupman, ihr sch nes Heimatland zu bereisen und zu erforschen Auf dieser Reise lernen sie allerhand freundliche und auch seltsame Menschen und Gebr uche kennen.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club oder kurz The Pickwick Papers auf Deutsch einfach die Pickwickier ist Charles Dickens Debut Roman Das Buch wurde, genau wie seine anderen Romane, als Fortsetzungegeschichte ver ffentlicht, was man diesem Werk teilweise auch deutlich anmerkt.Der Roman ist eine Mischung aus Rahmenhandlung und eingebetteten Kurzgeschichten Da ist einmal die Reise der vier Junggesellen und ihre Erlebnisse und dann sind da viele kleine Kurzgeschichten, die in diese Rahmenhandlung eingebettet sind Die Hauptgeschichte ist eine sarkastische Abrechnung mit all jenen Themen, die Dickens auch durch seine weiteren Werke begleiten werden Spitzz ngig zieht er ber Politik und Politiker, ber das englische Rechtssystem, die Schuldgef ngnisse, verzweifelte alte Jungfern und Witwen auf der Suche nach einem Mann und die Hilflosigkeit von alten m nnlichen Singles her Die Charaktere sind einmalig und berzeichnet, wie man das auch aus den sp teren Romanen des Autors kennt Da ist Mr Pickwick, reich, wohlwollend, philanthropisch und komplett lebensfremd und hilflos ohne seinen intelligenten und gewitzten Diener Sam Weller Da ist der narkoleptische, adip se kleine Dienstbote und der nicht gar so gewitzte Betr ger Mr Jingle Und da sind die Geistergeschichten, mit denen Dickens auch ber hmt wurde Diese Grusel und Geistergeschichten sind als abgeschlossene Kurzgeschichten in die Rahmenhandlung eingebettet und lassen bereits viele der Motive erkennen, die man aus anderen ber hmten Erz hlungen des Autors kennt Besonders jedoch berrascht die Geschichte, in der ein zu Unrecht im Schuldgef ngnis inhaftierter, der Frau und Kind verliert, grausam Rache nimmt, an jenen, die er f r schuldig an seinem Schicksal h lt Nachdem er selbst zu Reichtum gekommen ist, nimmt er langsam, ber Jahre hinweg, grausam Rache Das erinnert stark an Dumas Graf von Monte Christo, w hrend die Geschichte von Tom Smart schon Motive der ber hmten Weihnachtsgeschichte enth lt.Auch wenn der Roman durchweg humorvoll ist, so zieht er sich teilweise auch ber weite Strecken Es passiert nur wenig, was wohl daran liegt, dass der Roman in 20 Episoden ver ffentlicht wurde, die wohl auch alleine funktionieren mussten, falls die Leser die anderen Kapitel nicht kannten Auch unbefriedigend ist die Tatsache, dass das Verh ltnis, in dem die Pickwickier zueinander stehen, ihr Alter und ihre Herkunft nur im Nachhinein erkl rt werden und man sich als Leser nur schwer ein Bild von ihnen machen kann F r mich blieben daher Winkle, Snodgrass und Tupman ein wenig farblos, und besonders zu Anfang, schwer unterscheidbar.Fazit Ein gelungener Deb troman und doch bereits typisch Dickens Leider zieht er sich ber weite Strecken und es gibt keinen wirklichen H hepunkt Die Geschichte pl tschert konstant unterhaltsam vor sich hin.


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    I read the Oxford Illustrated Classics edition of Pickwick and these books are delightful for their reproduction of original illustrations Pickwick, in many aspects, is a young writer s book full of optimism and not as deeply serious about society s problems as Charles Dickens s works became Samuel Pickwick does not ignore the troubles of his day, but takes them in a philosophical and light hearted way than later characters of Dickens There are hints of what is to come in Pickwick There are hints of A Christmas Carol and a chapter about the Marshalsea Debtors Prison which figures in many works including Little Dorrit There is a riotous election, a duel of sorts, a breach of promise suit and a look inside Fleet Prison This is the darkest part of the book as Samuel Pickwick is greatly affected by the sight of a poor mother and child There are delightful characters in the faithful servant Sam Weller and his father Dickens was very particular about the names he gave his characters so Gabriel Grub is an apt name for his grave digger Today s reader of Pickwick may also be surprised by some very modern expressions A person is floored, and someone had a screw loose The delight in the works of Dickens has continued since the writer s time Testimony to that is that his works, starting production in the 1830s, have never gone out of print I always read Dickens in December and, with this book, am starting over with his classics No idea how many times they have been read.


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    Funny to this day, this brilliant first novel by the unknown Charles Dickens broke the mold when it was published.


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    Amusing and lighthearted.


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    Reading via free audiobook


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