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David Copperfield [with Biographical Introduction]

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  • Sales Rank:999,768
  • Format:Kindle eBook
  • Language:English (Published)
  • Media:Kindle Edition
  • Pages:1108
  • Publication Date:March 30, 2004
  • ASIN:B000FC1CY6

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Synopsis
Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield", which originally appeared in serial format between May 1849 and November 1850, is considered as the most autobiographical of all his novels. A classic "Bildungsroman", i.e., a novel of self-cultivation, it is the story of its title character from childhood to maturity which chronicles the struggle between the emotional and moral aspects of his life. Central to the theme of the novel is the idea of "the disciplined heart". Dickens suggests that people basically fall into three categories: those who have one, those who don't, and those who seek to develop one. It is this development in David Copperfield that establishes the principal context of his relationships throughout the novel. Considered by many as one of Dickens' greatest works, "David Copperfield" remains as popular today as when it was first written.
Amazon.com Review
Beginning in 1854 up through to his death in 1870, Charles Dickens abridged and adapted many of his more popular works and performed them as staged readings. This version, each page illustrated with lovely watercolor paintings, is a beautiful example of one of these adaptations.

Because it is quite seriously abridged, the story concentrates primarily on the extended family of Mr. Peggotty: his orphaned nephew, Ham; his adopted niece, Little Emily; and Mrs. Gummidge, self-described as "a lone lorn creetur and everythink went contrairy with her." When Little Emily runs away with Copperfield's former schoolmate, leaving Mr. Peggotty completely brokenhearted, the whole family is thrown into turmoil. But Dickens weaves some comic relief throughout the story with the introduction of Mr. and Mrs. Micawber, and David's love for his pretty, silly "child-wife," Dora. Dark nights, mysterious locations, and the final destructive storm provide classic Dickensian drama. Although this is not David Copperfield in its entirety, it is a great introduction to the world and the language of Charles Dickens.

Synopsis
Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield", which originally appeared in serial format between May 1849 and November 1850, is considered as the most autobiographical of all his novels. A classic "Bildungsroman", i.e., a novel of self-cultivation, it is the story of its title character from childhood to maturity which chronicles the struggle between the emotional and moral aspects of his life. Central to the theme of the novel is the idea of "the disciplined heart". Dickens suggests that people basically fall into three categories: those who have one, those who don't, and those who seek to develop one. It is this development in David Copperfield that establishes the principal context of his relationships throughout the novel. Considered by many as one of Dickens' greatest works, "David Copperfield" remains as popular today as when it was first written.

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