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The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (Classic Reprint)

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (Classic Reprint)

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I have seen various accounts of the origin of these Pickwick Papers which have, at all events, possessed - for me - the charm of perfect novelty. As I may infer, from the occasional appearance of such histories, that my readers have an interest in the matter, I will relate how they came into existence.

I was a young man of two or three and twenty, when messrs. Chapman and hall, attracted by some pieces I was at that time writing in the Morning Chronicle newspaper, or had just written in the Old Monthly Magazine (of which one series had lately been collected and published in two volumes, illustrated by mr. George cruikshank), waited upon me to propose a something that should be published in shilling numbers - then only known to me, or, I believe, to anybody else, by a dim recollection of certain interminable novels in that form, which used to be carried about the country by pedlers, and over some of which I remember to have shed innumerable tears before I had served my apprenticeship to Life.

When I opened my door in Furnival's Inn to the partner who represented the firm, I recognised in him the person from whose hands I had bought, two or three years previously, and whom I had never seen before or since, my first copy of the Magazine in which my first effusion a paper in the Sketches, called mr. Minns and his cousin - dropped stealthily one evening at twilight, with fear and trembling, into a dark letter-box, in a dark ofiice, up a dark court in Fleet Street - appeared in all the glory of print on which occasion I walked down to Westminster Hall, and turned into it for half an hour, because my eyes were so dimmed with joy and pride, that theycould not bear the street, and were not fit to be seen there. I told my visitor of the coincidence, which we both hailed as a good omen 3 and so fell to business.

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