Undoubtedly, the adventures of benevolent Mr Pickwick, sensitive Mr Tupman, literary Mr Snodgrass and sportive Mr Winkle will continue to delight readers of all ages for a couple of hundreds of years more from now. Unlike the rest of Dickens's novels, this book is just the extremely enjoyable story of the four above-named gentlemen who decide to create a club of which Mr Pickwick is the main member. We follow them all around London, into the countryside and even inside a debtors' prison. On their way, they meet several memorable characters, including Mr Jingle, Job Trotter, Messrs Dodson and Fogg and even a couple of ladies two of them fall in love with. The novel has no main plot, resulting in a thoroughly enjoyable story that's read in a light, lively way. Moreover, "Pickwick Papers" is a wonderful insight into Victorian society, written in the way only Dickens can write.
Full illustrated with the original black and white illustrations by Seymour and Phiz.
This one was a real
pain to do, by the way. It's full of songs, verses, letters, etc, all of which needed extensive re-formatting from the PG original. Took hours and hours to produce.
EDIT: 18 Dec 07
Completely recreated the book. Improved the formatting and added illustrations. Uploaded v2.
EDIT: 21 Mar 07
Recreated the book to sort out problems with paragraph endings. Improved the layout and formatting. Uploaded v4.
EDIT: 11 Dec 08
Thoroughly proofed against several different printed editions. Hundreds of minor corrections made as a result; the book is now in a pretty good state. Uploaded v5.
EDIT: 16 Oct 09
Replaced the cover to be consistent with the rest of the MR Dickens series; made internal changes to the HTML code to improve it (these have no visible impact for the reader). Uploaded v6.
EDIT: 31 Dec 14
Thoroughly proof-read against the "Oxford Illustrated Dickens" edition. Innumerable errors corrected. General improvements to the formatting, such as replacing straight quotes with curly quotes. I would now regard this as a finished product, so please let me know if you find even the smallest error. Uploaded v7.
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