During his first U. He could do no wrong as far as his faithful readership was concerned; yet his books for the next decade were not to achieve the standard of his early triumphs. Its American episodes had, however, been unpremeditated he suddenly decided to boost the disappointing sales by some America-baiting and to revenge himself against insults and injuries from the American press.
Not an autobiographical novel like David Copperfield, Great Expectations belongs to the type of fiction called, in German, Bildungsroman the novel of a man's education or formation by experience and is one of the finest examples of the type.
The last reading took place on March 15, less than three months before his death. The literary activities of these years also included a number of short stories; and although he was never at home within the limitations of this form, these tales present some interesting technical experiments, indicative of the author's readiness to explore new modes of expression.
I never can think, and I never seem to observe, that other young people are in such desperate earnest or set so much, so long, upon one absorbing thought.
He also began The Mystery of Edwin Drood but died inleaving it unfinished. It tells the story of a young man's moral development in the course of his life—from childhood in the provinces to gentleman's status in London. In the same year he married Catherine Hogarth, daughter of the editor of the Evening Chronicle.
In his popularity had allowed him to buy Gad's Hill Place, an estate he had admired since childhood.