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  • Published: 7 February 2006
  • ISBN: 9780451530042
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 928
  • RRP: $11.99

David Copperfield




'Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show'

The quintessential novel from England's most beloved novelist, 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 author.

  • Published: 7 February 2006
  • ISBN: 9780451530042
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 928
  • RRP: $11.99

About the author

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had been taken to the debtors' prison. Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity in America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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Praise for David Copperfield

"The most perfect of all the Dickens novels." --Virginia Woolf

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