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David Copperfield

David Copperfield

In this novel, Dickens describes one boy growing up in a world which is by turns magical, fearful and grimly realistic. In a book which is part autobiographical, the novelist transmutes his life-experience into a series of comic and sentimental adventures.

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ISBN 9780140430080
Published 1 October 1969 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New impression
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Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Series English Library
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ISBN-13 9780140430080
ISBN-10 0140430083
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date 1 October 1969
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New impression
Edition New impression
Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Series English Library
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 960
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 36mm
Weight 567g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.8
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Intimately rooted in the author's own biography and written as a first-person narrative, this work charts a young man's progress through a difficult childhood in Victorian England to ultimate success as a novelist, finding true love along the way.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Dickens understood that every writer invents himself. In this, his most autobiographical novel, he set himself the challenge of becoming the hero of his own life, and populated that journey of discovery with characters who, turn and turn about, showed different facets of the world. Some, such as Mr Micawber, became part of the English language. Others created great beauty out of ordinariness: 'Barkis is willin' must be the tenderest, most moving proposal of marriage in the English novel. Long after Dickens's death, the American poet Robert Frost, in an Introduction to his own Collected Poems, set down one of the major principles of the literary art of connecting imagination: 'No tears in the writer: no tears in the reader'. Dickens must have whispered it in his ear. Review by Frank Delaney, whose books include 'The Sins of the Mothers' (Kirkus UK)
US Review A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). The fragile pen-and-ink drawings have been flooded with watercolor and given a smudged, atmospheric look. Marks (The Fisherman and His Wife, 1991, etc.) zeroes in on the basic dramatic premise of each scene - wet and dark exteriors, warm and dry interiors, characters engaged in lively conversation or sending each other meaningful looks. Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout - they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Kirkus Reviews)

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