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David Copperfield

David Copperfield
 

David Copperfield (1849-50) was Dickens's favourite novel. Strikingly autobiographical in its childhood scenes, it relates David's history from birth to young manhood, and the host of characters he meets on his journey of self-knowledge.

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ISBN 9780192100436
Published 7 October 1999 by Oxford University Press
Format Hardback, New edition
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Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Introduction by Bailey, Paul
Series Oxford World's Classics (part: 18)
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ISBN-13 9780192100436
ISBN-10 0192100432
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 7 October 1999
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Introduction by Bailey, Paul
Series Oxford World's Classics (part: 18)
Category Fiction
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 1008
Dimensions Width: 100mm
Height: 160mm
Spine: 42mm
Weight 593g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Orphans, England, History, 19th century, Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text College/higher education;General/trade;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 823.8
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

David Copperfield (1849-50) was Dickens's favorite novel: 'Of all my books', he wrote, 'I like it the best.' Strikingly autobiographical in its childhood scenes, it relates David's history from birth to young manhood, and the host of characters he meets on his journey of self-knowledge: Mr Micawber, the Peggottys, Betsey Trotwood, Steerforth and Uriah Heep among them.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

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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Author's Bio

Paul Bailey was born and still lives in London. He is a novelist and writer whose books include Gabriel's Lament (1986), Sugar Cane (1993), The Oxford Book of London (1995), and Kitty and Virgil: A Romance (1998).

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