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David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Dickens' own childhood and youth are reflected in his novel of David Copperfield's early adventures and marriage.

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ISBN 9780192545022
Published 29 October 1987 by Oxford University Press
Format Hardback
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Author(s) Introduction by Malden, R. H.
By Dickens, Charles
Series Oxford Illustrated Dickens (part: 2)
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ISBN-13 9780192545022
ISBN-10 0192545027
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 29 October 1987
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) Introduction by Malden, R. H.
By Dickens, Charles
Series Oxford Illustrated Dickens (part: 2)
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 984
Dimensions Width: 125mm
Height: 185mm
Spine: 48mm
Weight 788g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Bildungsromans, Autobiographical fiction, England - Social life and customs - 19th century, Orphans - England, Young men - England - London
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 823.8
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

'I really think I have done it ingeniously and with a very complicated interweaving of truth and fiction.' So wrote Dickens of David Copperfield (1850), the novel he called his 'favourite child'. Through his hero Dickens draws openly on his own life, as David Copperfield recalls his experiences from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Rosa Dartle, Dora, Steerforth and Uriah Heep are among the characters who focus the hero's sexual and emotional drives, and Mr Micawber, a portrait of Dickens's own father, evokes the mixture of love, nostalgia and guilt that, put together, make this Dickens's most quoted and best-loved novel.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 -- Short-listed for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
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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