BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES DICKENS: CHAPTER III.
Origin of "Pickwick"; Seymour's part therein; first number
published on April 1, 1836; early numbers not a success;
suddenly the book becomes the rage; English literature
just then in want of its novelist; Dickens' kingship
acknowledged; causes of the book's popularity; its admirable
|humour, and other excellent qualities; Sam Weller;
|Mr. Pickwick himself; book read by everybody