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Books were being serialized in Newspapers and Magazines - those who couldn't afford to buy a book could read it in weekly installments. Dickens wrote and published most of his novels in this fashion - a chapter at a time.
Between 1837 and 1839, Dickens wrote three of his most famous novels Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, and Nicholas Nickleby.
In first ten years of his writing career, manic part of Dickens' manic depression had given him an endless source of energy and inspiration, but now he began to succumb to depression.
In 1840's he started to experience writer's block. He would spend days locked up in a room, unable to put words on paper. He wrote: "Men have been chained to hideous walls and other strange anchors but few have known such suffering and bitterness...as those who have been bound to Pens."
Dickens was an extremely energetic man and a compulsive traveler. He traveled length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales and also made frequent trips to France and Italy. In 1842 he spent six months in America, where he was given kind of reception reserved for modern day rock stars.
In 1856 Dickens purchased a large residence in Kent, kind of house he had always dreamed of owning.
Although Dickens became wealthy, he never forgot his origins. Throughout his life he visited factories, slums, jails and poor houses. Indeed, his novels were a social commentary on appalling conditions of 19th century England. He was well known for his generosity and received requests for money wherever he went.
He is considered by many to have been a genius and greatest English writer of 19th century.
When Dickens died in June 1870, he left an estate valued at over $US6.5 million (2001 value).
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