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Young David Copperfield is sent away by his cruel stepfather, Mr Murdstone, to a boarding school in London, but when his circumstances suddenly change David is forced to work from morning to night in Murdstone's factory.

Based in part on the author's own life, David Copperfield is the epic story of a young man's journey of self-discovery - from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the memorable cast of characters he encounters along the way are his brutal stepfather, Mr Murdstone; bubbly Nurse Peggotty; his brilliant, but unworthy schoolmate Steerforth, his eccentric aunt, Betsy Trotwood, the scheming clerk Uriah Heep, the enchanting Dora and the magnificent Mr Macawber - a character much like Dickens' own father. Full of tragedy and comedy in equal measure, David Copperfield remains one of the most enduring and popular of Dickens' novels.

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  • Hardback

    9780141394640

    June 25, 2014

    Penguin Classics

    1024 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780141343822

    September 26, 2012

    Puffin (UK)

    294 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141199160

    July 16, 2012

    Penguin Classics (UK Adult)

    996 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099511465

    July 1, 2008

    Vintage Classics

    976 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780140439441

    July 13, 2004

    Penguin Classics (UK Adult)

    1024 pages

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  • Hardback

    9781857150315

    December 2, 1991

    Everyman

    878 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • Paperback

    9780553211894

    March 15, 1988

    Bantam US

    RRP $9.99

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  • EBook

    9780141974330

    July 25, 2012

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

    1008 pages

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  • EBook

    9781407016030

    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    976 pages

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  • EBook

    9780141907864

    July 13, 2004

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

    1184 pages

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Also by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
A Tale of Two Cities (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
Oliver Twist (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
David Copperfield (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
A Christmas Carol (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
Hard Times (Vintage Classics Dickens Series)
A Christmas Carol: V&A Collector's Edition
Great Expectations (Faux Leather Edition)
To Be Read At Dusk
A Christmas Carol (Vintage Christmas)
Dickens at Christmas (Vintage Christmas)
The Great Winglebury Duel
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Great Expectations: Penguin Drop Caps
The Bleak House
The Mystery Of Edwin Drood
Dombey And Son
Dickens at Christmas
Oliver Twist: 200th Anniversary Edition
A Tale of Two Cities: 200th Anniversary Edition
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories
Great Expectations: 150th Anniversary Edition
The Christmas Stories
A Christmas Carol And Other Christmas Writings

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