David Copperfield : The Personal History of David Copperfield Personal History of David Copperfield, Paperback

David Copperfield : The Personal History of David Copperfield Personal History of David Copperfield Paperback

Illustrated by H. K. Browne, Chris Barlow

4 out of 5 (26 ratings)


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 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).


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1024 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780140439441



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Probably my favourite novel of the 19th century. I think this is the most skilful of Dickens' works and re-read it frequently.

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David Copperfield is wonderful! If you've never tried Dickens I highly recommend it. It is told by David about his life and all of the strange characters that surround him.

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Dickens' second-best novel (second to Bleak House), in my opinion. What a fabulous parade of characters.

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Finally I am old enough to understand this book. When I was young, I just couldn't get past all the tragedy. Now after the passage of time I see the irony, humor, and passion. I am amazed at how little human nature has changed since the Victorian era.

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I feel bad about rating a Dicken's book so low. I guess in comparison to his other works I just didn't get as much from this one. The beginning of the book had some very amazing and moving moments. The scene where he lays his mother and infant half brother to rest was such an emotional scene. I wish the bulk of the book had remained as engrossing as the beginning. I believe the length and shear scope of the volume may have had an influence. Perhaps with some editing some of the less critical parts could have been shored up and left the story that much better.

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