He read and reread The Arabian Nights and the Collected Farces of Elizabeth Inchbald.
Roylance was "a reduced [impoverished] old lady, long known to our family", whom Dickens later immortalised, "with a few alterations and embellishments", as "Mrs. Later, he lived in a back-attic in the house of an agent for the Insolvent Court, Archibald Russell, "a fat, good-natured, kind old gentleman...
with a quiet old wife" and lame son, in Lant Street in Southwark.
His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction.
Dickens has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G. Chesterton—for his realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism.
The strenuous and often harsh working conditions made a lasting impression on Dickens and later influenced his fiction and essays, becoming the foundation of his interest in the reform of socio-economic and labour conditions, the rigours of which he believed were unfairly borne by the poor.