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David Copperfield

David Copperfield (Hardback, Abridged edition)

By Dickens, Charles
Volume editor Bell, Anthea
Illustrated by Marks, Alan

Dickens' own abridgemnet of this story, which he used to read out loud as a dramatic performance. Illustrated in colour by Alan Marks.

ISBN 9781558584532
Published 31 August 1995 by North-South Books (Nord-Sud Ve
Format Hardback, Abridged edition
Out of print

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ISBN-13 9781558584532
ISBN-10 1558584536
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher North-South Books (Nord-Sud Ve
Imprint North-South Books (Nord-Sud Verlag AG)
Publication Date 31 August 1995
Publication Country Switzerland Switzerland
Format Hardback, Abridged edition
Edition Abridged edition
Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Volume editor Bell, Anthea
Illustrated by Marks, Alan
Category Award Winning
Classic Fiction (Pub. < 1900)
English Literature: Literary Criticism
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 64
Dimensions Width: 215mm
Height: 287mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 603g
Interest Age 10-12 years
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Children's stories, English, 19th century
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade;Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.8
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Dickens himself prepared this text from the novel especially for his own public readings he frequently gave of his works.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Runner-up for The 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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Author's Bio

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of England's greatest writers. Best known for his classic serialized novels, such as Oliver Twist , A Tale of Two Cities , and Great Expectations , Dickens wrote about the London he lived in, the conditions of the poor, and the growing tensions between the classes. He achieved critical and popular international success in his lifetime and was honored with burial in Westminster Abbey. Alan Marks's first children's book, Storm, written by Kevin Crossley-Holland, won the Carnegie Medal. He has illustrated many other books, including Little Lost Bat and A Mother's journey. He lives in Kent, England.

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