Charles Dickens’ novel “Our Mutual Friend” was issued during 1864-1865. It is actually the last finished novel of the author. It’s known that while before starting to write the novel "Our Mutual Friend", Dickens often walked around the pier and slums of the London East End, visited police stations, taverns and zucchini, studied their atmosphere, listened attentively to the conversations of visitors. Many of the characters in the novel are "seen" by Dickens among people who happened to meet him during such walks.
The novel became very popular right after its publishing. But the critique was not “pure”: there were both those who regarded the work as the best one among Dickens’ works, and those who said that it was a failure of the author.
Arguably, the majority of critics support the first, positive version of this assessment. The novel was filmed for many times: movies in 1911, 1921, 1961 and the mini-series in 1958, 1976 and 1998.