In "David Copperfield" (1849), once again, issues of class and the differences between public and private standards (represented in the corruption of ...Show synopsisIn "David Copperfield" (1849), once again, issues of class and the differences between public and private standards (represented in the corruption of the wealthy and brilliant Steerforth) are studied, and the power and exploitation of the industrial world are exposed and damned, Classic Dickensian characters here include Mr Murdstone, Copperfield's evil guardian and owner of the wine-bottling factory where David makes his living under appalling conditions; the snake-like Uriah Heap who's vanity leads him to cruelty; Mr Micawber, one of literature's funniest characters and the kind, generous Peggottys, representing all that is good, even in the face of adversity. Little Emily provides an ill-treated character with whom the reader can sympathise. This was Dicken's favourite novel...Based on the world-famous "Nonesuch Press" edition of 1937, the text is taken from the 1867 "Chapman and Hall" edition, which became known as the "Charles Dickens" edition, and was the last edition to be corrected by the author himself. "The Nonesuch" edition contains illustrations selected by Dickens himself, by artists including Hablot Knight Browne ('Phiz'), George Cruikshank, John Leech, Robert Seymour and George Cattermole. The new "Nonesuch Dickens" reproduces the original elegance of these beautiful editions. Books are printed on natural cream shade high quality stock, are quarter bound in bonded leather with cloth sides, include a ribbon marker and feature special printed endpapers. Each book is wrapped in a protective, clear acetate jacket.Hide synopsis
David Copperfield (Penguin Books) – Trade paperback (2004)
Charles Dickens, Jeremy Tambling (Introduction by)
Trade paperback, Penguin Books 2004
ISBN: 0140439447 ISBN-13: 9780140439441
Drawing on Charles Dickens's own, often difficult childhood, to create a compelling story of personal success, "David Copperfield" is edited with an introduction and notes by Jeremy Tambling in "Penguin Classics". "David Copperfield" is the story of a young man's adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately ...Show moreDrawing on Charles Dickens's own, often difficult childhood, to create a compelling story of personal success, "David Copperfield" is edited with an introduction and notes by Jeremy Tambling in "Penguin Classics". "David Copperfield" is the story of a young man's adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy school-friend James Steerforth; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble, yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, enchanting Dora Spenlow; and the magnificently impecunious Wilkins Micawber, one of literature's great comic creations. In "David Copperfield" - the novel he described as his 'favourite child' - Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of the most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure. This edition uses the text of the first volume publication of 1850, and includes updated suggestions for further reading, original illustrations by 'Phiz', a revised chronology and expanded notes. In his new introduction, Jeremy Tambling discusses the novel's autobiographical elements, and its central themes of memory and identity. Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including "Oliver Twist", "Great Expectations", "A Tale of Two Cities", "David Copperfield" and "The Pickwick Papers", have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions. If you enjoyed "David Copperfield", you might like Dickens' "Great Expectations", also available in "Penguin Classics". "The most perfect of all the Dickens novels." (Virginia Woolf).Hide
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This book is fiction, but has in it enough autobiographical elements to be interesting. The first person coming-of-age motif -- also seen in Great Expectations -- is not among my favorite literary devices.
The romantic plot contrivances were also hard to swallow. But overall I found Davy to be a sympathetic character who redeems himself well -- unlike how I felt about Pip in Great Expectations, whom I thought was a twit pretty much to the end of the book.
The most engrossing character for me was Steerforth, who incites both anger and pity, sometimes both at once.
David Copperfield so engaged me I hated to put it down. Many a night I stayed up yawning to read just a little more. I love reading about old-world England , a world where values are clearly defined ( very rare in contemporary literature ); where integrity and hard work are rated highly; the unselfish devotion of Peggoty toward little Em'ly; David's compassion for his child-wife; the strength and determination of his aunt Miss Trotwood. Their story is engaging and moves briskly without lagging. I laughed and cried reading this book. Dickens' characters are unforgettable; either lovable or deliciously repulsive. His choices of names for his characters are colorful and strong. DC inspired me to look at my own life a little differently. I came away from this book with some improvement in my thoughts. Not only was I entertained; I was also inspired. A wonderful gripping read with substance. I hate racing through a good book in an evening or two. I want to be able to enjoy it for a time as I was able to with this book. Very definitely a book worth reading.
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