The Pickwick Papers is Dickens' first novel and widely regarded as
one of the major classics of comic writing in English. Originally
serialised in monthly instalments, it quickly became a huge popular
success with sales reaching 40,000 by the final part. In the
century and a half since its first appearance, the characters of Mr
Pickwick, Sam Weller and the whole of the Pickwickian crew have
entered the consciousness of all who love English literature in
general, and the works of Dickens in particular.