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Although serial writing has existed for centuries, Charles Dickens is credited as the writer who jumpstarted its popularity during the Victorian era. In the nineteenth century, his first book, The Pickwick Papers, was released in 19 installments and published over a 20-month period. Many readers found that the appeal of The Pickwick Papers, in its serialized form, lay within its memorable main characters, who managed to get themselves into new and exciting situations each month. The serial novel was also inexpensive, which allowed an increase in accessibility to lower-income readers.