Charles Dickens describes in Night Walks his time as an insomniac,
when he decided to cure himself by walking through London in the small
hours, and discovered homelessness, drunkenness and vice on the
streets. This collection of essays shows Dickens as one of the greatest
visionaries of the city in all its variety and cruelty.
GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the
world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other.
They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have
enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives
– and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great
thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook
civilization and helped make us who we are.
About The Author
Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812. A
journalist and novelist of genius, he was the dominant force in English
literary life from the publication of The Pickwick Papers in 1836 to
his death in 1870.