Pickwick Papers is one of Dickens' most popular novels, but few people know
that it does not include everything that Dickens wrote about Mr. Pickwick. In
1840, after the success of Oliver Twist,
Dickens started a magazine called Master
Humphrey's Clock. Master Humphrey was an old gentleman who kept a bundle of
stories in the bottom of his grandfather clock, and would read them out to his
friends at their weekly meetings. After a few issues Dickens introduced Mr.
Pickwick to the club, and also Sam Weller and his father Tony. Shortly
afterward he began to publish The Old
Curiosity Shop in the magazine; this soon took over completely and no more
was heard of Pickwick.
These stories are not included in the standard sets of Dickens' work, and indeed have very rarely been republished. We present them here with the original illustrations, which are taken from a copy of the first edition, 1840.