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Papers of the Pickwick Club (also known as The Pickwick Papers) is the
first novel by Charles Dickens. After the publication, the widow of the illustrator Robert Seymour
claimed that the idea for the novel was originally her husband's; however, in his preface to the
1867 edition, Dickens strenuously denied any specific input, writing that "Mr Seymour never
originated or suggested an incident, a phrase, or a word, to be found in the
Dickens was asked to contribute to the project as an
up and coming writer following the success of Sketches by Boz, published in 1836 (most of
Dickens' novels were issued in shilling instalments before being published in the complete volume).
Dickens increasingly took over the unsuccessful monthly publication after Seymour had committed
With the introduction of Sam Weller in chapter 10,
the book became the first real publishing phenomenon, with bootleg copies, theatrical performances,
Sam Weller joke books, and other merchandise.