"The Pickwick Papers" was Charles Dickens' first novel, establishing him immediately as one of England's greatest writers. Initially released in serial form, it was immensely popular. It was known for memorable characters and depictions of life in England that were accurate and relatable. The story recounts the adventures of the Pickwikians as they explore the English countryside and then share their tales with each other. Hints of later works are already evident, as Dickens touches on social issues, and even gives a suggestive nod to what might become 'a Christmas carol.'