OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

David Copperfield

ISBN : 9780199536290

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,463
Author: 
Charles Dickens; Nina Burgis
Pages
944 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
128 x 196 mm
Pub date
May 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics

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'I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is DAVID COPPERFIELD,' wrote Dickens of what is the most personal, certainly one of the most popular, of all his novels. Dickens wrote the book after the completion of a fragment of autobiography recalling his employment as a child in a London warehouse, and in the first-person narrative, a new departure for him, realized marvellously the workings of memory. The embodiment of his boyhood experience in the novel involved a 'complicated interweaving of truth and fiction', at its most subtle in the portrait of his father as Mr Micawber, one of Dickens's greatest comic creations. Enjoying a humour that never becomes caricature, the reader shares David's affection for the eccentric Betsey Trotwood and her protege Mr Dick, and smiles with the narrator at the trials he endures in his love for the delightfully silly Dora. Settings, (East Anglia, the London of the 1820s), people, and events are unified by their relationship to the story of Steerforth's treachery, which reaches its powerful climax in the storm scene.
  
This edition, which has the accurate Clarendon text, includes Dickens's trial titles and working notes, and eight of the original illustrations by 'Phiz'. 

Index: 

CONTENTS
Extra Illustrations
Introduction
Note on the Text
A Chronology of Charles Dickens
Map of London in the 1820s

DAVID COPPERFIELD
Preface, 1850
Contents
List of Illustrations
DAVID COPPERFIELD

Appendix A: Dickens's Autobioraphical Fragment, Forster's Life of Charles Dickens, and David Copperfield
Appendix B: Preface to the Charles Dickens Edition (1867)
Appendix C: The Trial Titles
Appendix D: The Number Plans

Explanatory Notes
Further Reading
 

About the author: 

Charles Dickens
Edited by Nina Burgis and with an introduction and notes by Andrew Sanders, Department of English Studies, University of Durham

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