(1812-1870), probably the best-known and, to many people, the greatest English novelist of the 19th century. A moralist, satirist, and social reformer, crafted complex plots and striking characters that capture the panorama of English society.
Dickens chose to publish Great Expectations in his weekly magazine rather than in the traditional monthly parts in order to revive slumping sales of the weekly. All the Year Round, which Dickens served as editor and publisher, featured general interest articles along with serialized novels by various authors. The novel serialized immediately preceding Great Expectations, A Long Day's Ride, by Charles Lever, was not popular with readers, producing the sales slump.
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(1811-1863) English novelist (Vanity Fair, The Virginians). Dickens and Thackeray first met when illustrator committed suicide during the serialization of Pickwick and a new illustrator was sought, Thackeray applied, unsuccessfully, for the job. Though never an intimate relationship, Dickens and Thackeray shared mutual admiration for each other's work. Thackeray was from a higher social strata than was Dickens and pointed this out on occasion. The two literary greats had a falling out over an incident at the Garrick Club in 1858 but were reconciled shortly before Thackeray's death. .