David Copperfield by Charles DickensDavid Copperfield is the story of a young mans 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 literatures 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 novels autobiographical elements, and its central themes of memory and identity.
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By the way, we're doing our best to make this summary brief — which, with a page novel, isn't easy — so we can't include every single subplot here; if you want to know more about Miss Rosa Dartle, Mrs. David Copperfield's life starts where all of our lives start: birth. He's born on a Friday, at am, in Blunderstone, Suffolk. David comes into the world soon after his mother loses her husband, David's father. As a widow with basically no money, Mrs. Copperfield has some hope that David's great aunt, Miss Betsey Trotwood, will step in and look after David financially. Unfortunately, Miss Betsey who is about as stubborn and opinionated a character as you'll find anywhere in literature is so disappointed that David is a boy and not a girl that she refuses to have anything to do with the family.
David Copperfield , in full The Personal History of David Copperfield , novel by English writer Charles Dickens , published serially in —50 and in book form in The story is told in the first person by a middle-aged David Copperfield , who is looking back on his life. David is born in Blunderstone, Suffolk , six months after the death of his father, and he is raised by his mother and her devoted housekeeper, Clara Peggotty. As a young child, he spends a few days with Peggotty at the home of her brother, Mr. Peggotty, in Yarmouth , which Mr.
Now a grown man, David Copperfield tells the story of his youth. As a young boy, he lives happily with his mother and his nurse, Peggotty. His father died before he was born. Murdstone, who brings his strict sister, Miss Murdstone, into the house. The Murdstones treat David cruelly, and David bites Mr. The Murdstones send David away to school. Gummidge, the widowed wife of Mr.