"Of all my books, I like this the best." So said Charles Dickens of David Copperfield, his most autobiographical novel, which incorporates large portions of a memoir that he had earlier abandoned. This celebrated coming-of-age story marks Dickens's initial use of a first-person narrator and includes two of his most memorable characters: the villainous and cunning Uriah Heep and Mr. Micawber, young David's penniless but amiable friend, whom Dickens based on his own father. David Copperfield succeeds as a novel not simply because of the drama and picaresque adventures of its hero's childhood, but because of its powerful theme of innocent idealism threatened by brutal materialism, and its dazzling array of some of the most unforgettable characters in our literature. This edition features 39 full-page b&w line drawings by H. K. Browne, and is printed from the classic Gadshill Edition of the work of Dickens, incorporating a text carefully corrected by the author in 1867-68.