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This is the novel Dickens regarded as his 'favourite child' and is considered his most autobiographical. As David recounts his experiences from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist, Dickens draws openly and revealingly on his own life.

Dickens's great coming-of-age novel, now in a beautiful clothbound Penguin edition
This is the novel Dickens regarded as his 'favourite child' and is considered his most autobiographical. As David recounts his experiences from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist, Dickens draws openly and revealingly on his own life. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters are Rosa Dartle, Dora, Steerforth, and the 'umble Uriah Heep, along with Mr Micawber, a portrait of Dickens's own father which evokes a mixture of love, nostalgia and guilt.

Dickens's great Bildungsroman (based, in part, on his own boyhood) is a work filled with life, both comic and tragic.

Charles Dickens (1812-70) had his first, astounding success with his first novel The Pickwick Papers and never looked back. In an extraordinarily full life he wrote, campaigned and spoke on a huge range of issues, and was involved in many of the key aspects of Victorian life, by turns cajoling, moving and irritating. He completed fourteen full-length novels and volume after volume of journalism. Of all his many works, he called David Copperfield his 'favourite child'.

Jeremy Tambling is Professor of Literature at the University of Manchester.

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  • Hardback

    9780141394640

    June 25, 2014

    Penguin Classics

    1024 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780141343822

    September 26, 2012

    Puffin

    294 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141199160

    July 16, 2012

    Penguin Classics

    996 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099511465

    July 1, 2008

    Vintage Classics

    976 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140439441

    July 13, 2004

    Penguin Classics

    1024 pages

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  • David Copperfield
    Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens

    Hardback

    9781857150315

    December 2, 1991

    Everyman

    878 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Paperback

    9780553211894

    March 15, 1988

    Bantam US

    RRP $12.99

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  • David Copperfield
    Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens

    EBook

    9780141974330

    July 25, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    1008 pages

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  • EBook

    9781407016030

    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    976 pages

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  • David Copperfield
    Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens

    EBook

    9780141907864

    July 13, 2004

    Penguin eBooks

    1184 pages

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