Widely considered to be DickensA??s greatest satire on poverty, Little Dorrit is the story of Amy A??LittleA? DorritA??s struggle to hold her poverty-stricken family together in the face of her fatherA??s imprisonment in the Marshalsea debtorA??s prison. Called the A??child of the Marshalsea,A? Little Dorrit struggles to support her family as a seamstress while dreaming of a future free of the Marshalsea.
Little Dorrit was originally published as a serial between 1855 and 1857 as a critique of the British debtorA??s prisons, in which debtors were imprisoned and unable to work until their debts were paid. The story pulls significantly from DickensA??s own experience as the child of an imprisoned debtor.
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by Charles Dickens
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