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David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Among the memorable cast of characters the author encounters along the way are his brutal stepfather, Mr Murdstone; bubbly Nurse Peggotty; but unworthy schoolmate Steerforth, his eccentric aunt, Betsy Trotwood, the scheming clerk Uriah Heep, the enchanting Dora and the magnificen... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780141343822
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Published 26 September 2012 by Penguin
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
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ISBN-13 9780141343822
ISBN-10 0141343826
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin Classics
Publication Date 26 September 2012
International Publication Date 2 May 2013
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Series The Penguin English Library
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 191g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress Boys, Bildungsromans, Young men, Orphans, Great Britain - Social life and customs
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.8
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Based in part on the author's own life, David Copperfield is the epic story of a young man's journey of self-discovery - from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the memorable cast of characters he encounters along the way are his brutal stepfather, Mr Murdstone; bubbly Nurse Peggotty; his brilliant, but unworthy schoolmate Steerforth, his eccentric aunt, Betsy Trotwood, the scheming clerk Uriah Heep, the enchanting Dora and the magnificent Mr Macawber - a character much like Dickens' own father. Full of tragedy and comedy in equal measure, David Copperfield remains one of the most enduring and popular of Dickens' novels.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The most perfect of all the Dickens novels. --Virginia Woolf
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison.Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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