Commissioned to accompany humorous pictures of country life by illustrator Robert Seymour, it was an instant success, remembered for some of Dickens' best-loved characters, such as the cockney manservant Sam Weller. It is nevertheless remains unique in employing a broad comic vein to which Dickens never fully returned.
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Gutenberg: The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club - Vol I | Vol II. EPUB, HTML, MOBI and TXT formats.
Internet Archive: The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, autographed edition. EPUB, HTML, MOBI and PDF formats.
University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. EPUB, HTML and MOBI formats.
Wikisource: The Pickwick Papers. HTML and other formats.
Librivox: The Pickwick Papers. Public domain audiobooks.
Orwell Foundation: Charles Dickens, by George Orwell. A valuable critical essay.
Wikipedia: Charles Dickens - The Pickwick Papers
Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes
Don Quixote - seen as a model for the relationship between Mr Pickwick and Sam Weller.
Bloom's Western Canon: The Pickwick Papers is included.