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David Copperfield
By Charles Dickens

David Copperfield

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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Book Awards

  • Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
  • Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.

Book Description

In a book that is part fairy tale and part thinly veiled autobiography, Dickens transmutes his life experience into a brilliant series of comic and sentimental adventures in the spirit of the great eighteenth-century novelists he so much admired. Few readers can fail to be touched by David's fate, and fewer still to be delighted by his story. The cruel Murdstone, the feckless Micawber, the unctuous and sinister Uriah Heep, and David Copperfield himself, into whose portrait Dickens puts so much of his own early life, form a central part of our literary legacy. This edition reprints the original Everyman preface by G K Chesterton and includes thirty-nine illustrations by Phiz.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781857150315
ISBN-10: 1857150317
Format: Hardback
(212mm x 34mm x 128mm)
Pages: 878
Imprint: Everyman's Library
Publisher: Everyman
Publish Date: 26-Sep-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Reviews

US Kirkus 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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