Few first novels created as much popular excitement as The Pickwick Papers – a comic masterpiece that catapulted to immediate fame its 24-year-old author. The adventures of the poet Snodgrass, the lover Tupman, the sportsman Winkle &, above all, that quintessentially English Quixote, Mr Pickwick and... his cockney Sancho Panza, Sam Weller, captivated the readers. From Dingley Dell Cricket Club's hallowed turf to the unholy fracas of the Eatanswill election, through the prison of the Fleet debtor, characters & incidents sprang from Dickens' pen to life, forming an enduringly popular work of humor & literary invention.
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!
She dotes on poetry, sir. She adores it; I may say that her whole soul and mind are wound up, and entwined with it. She has produced some delightful pieces, herself, sir. You may have met with her 'Ode to an Expiring Frog,' sir.