"A temporary inability to sleep" inspired Dickens to undertake a series of nocturnal ramblings around London, and this experience of 'Houselessness' yields plenty of material for his fertile imagination. From the 'spectres of suicides' in the gloom of the Thames, to hallucinations of Queen Victoria eating peaches and macaroni, these haunting images are brought to life in stunning woodcuts by Autumn Ahn.
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Generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period, Charles Dickens achieved unprecedented fame in his own lifetime for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly instalments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction. He also wrote hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, and campaigned for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms. Virginia Woolf said of Dickens that he created “characters who exist not in detail, not accurately or exactly, but abundantly in a cluster of wild yet extraordinarily revealing remarks.”