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David Copperfield
 

David Copperfield (Paperback, New edition)

By Dickens, Charles
Volume editor Burgis, Nina
Illustrated by Phiz
Introduction by Sanders, Andrew

I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield, wrote Dickens of this, the most personal of his novels. Written after the completion of a fragment of autobiography recalling his employment as a child in a London warehouse, it is in first-person ... read full description below.

ISBN 9780192835789
Published 11 February 1999 by Oxford University Press
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780192835789
ISBN-10 0192835785
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Oxford Paperbacks
Publication Date 11 February 1999
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Volume editor Burgis, Nina
Illustrated by Phiz
Introduction by Sanders, Andrew
Series World's Classics
Category Award Winning
Fiction
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 944
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 40mm
Weight 618g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Young men, England, History, 19th century, Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.8
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

'I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is DAVID COPPERFIELD,' wrote Dickens of what is the most personal, certainly one of the most popular, of all his novels. Dickens wrote the book after the completion of a fragment of autobiography recalling his employment as a child in a London warehouse, and in the first-person narrative, a new departure for him, realized marvellously the workings of memory. The embodiment of his boyhood experience in the novel involved a 'complicated interweaving of truth and fiction', at its most subtle in the portrait of his father as Mr Micawber, one of Dickens's greatest comic creations. Enjoying a humour that never becomes caricature, the reader shares David's affection for the eccentric Betsey Trotwood and her protege Mr Dick, and smiles with the narrator at the trials he endures in his love for the delightfully silly Dora. Settings, (East Anglia, the London of the 1820s), people, and events are unified by their relationship to the story of Steerforth's treachery, which reaches its powerful climax in the storm scene. This edition, which has the accurate Clarendon text, includes Dickens's trial titles and working notes, and eight of the original illustrations by 'Phiz'.

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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
NZ Review Introduction and notes by Andrew Sanders facilitated a proper understanding of period details and plot structure. I will continue to use this edition in future classes on Dickens's novels. Helge Nowak, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtitaet
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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