This three-volume work was originally serialised in Dickens' magazine Household Words between 1851 and 1853 and published in book form in the same period, although each volume was post-dated to the following year. The work was popular with readers, and was used in British schools well into the twentieth century.
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About the Author
Charles Dickens's early childhood was happy until his father was imprisoned for debt. The 12-year-old Dickens then began working ten-hour days in a boot-blacking factory pasting labels on the jars of thick polish. The shocking conditions of the factory made a profound impression on him. His anger at his situation and at the conditions endured by working-class people became major themes in his fiction.