"I wrote a good deal now, and was beginning in a small way to be known as a writer"

Dickens began his professional work as a writer with the publication of his story, “A Dinner at Poplar Walk,” which was published in the periodical, Monthly Magazine.

He continued his writing career as a political journalist for the Morning Chronicle, and some of the pieces he wrote for this magazine appeared in 1836 as his first published collection of sketches. Notice of these sketches led to his being approached to write his first serialized novel, The Pickwick Papers (1836-1837).