"tidings of my growing reputation began to reach me from travellers whom I encountered by chance."

Charles Dickens, like David Copperfield, became an internationally noted author from relatively early on in the course of his writing career. In 1842, only six years after the initial serialization of Dickens’ first novel, The Pickwick Papers (1836-1837), he travelled to the United States and Canada, where he was very warmly received. He was to return there later in his career when he took a reading and lecture tour to the United States in 1867-1868.