Charles Dickens (1812–1870) is heralded as one of
England's foremost novelists, with his rich prose, remarkable
characters, and vivid and detailed depictions of Victorian society.
Born in 1812, Dickens witnessed firsthand the class inequalities of
British society during the height of the industrial Revolution. His
works highlighted the challenges faced by the working poor and
disadvantaged. Famously prolific, Dickens wrote his novels in
installments, as was common in the era. Dickens' keen perceptiveness
and poignant social commentary contribute to his immense popularity
with readers, both during his lifetime and to this day.
This book cover depicts an autographed manuscript of Our Mutual Friend
(the original is in the Morgan's collection), Dickens' last novel, and
reveals his intensely creative writing style. In his own words, it
showcases "the story-weaver at his loom."