After his childhood is turned upside down, orphan David Copperfield is forced to navigate and survive the brutal world of the industrial poor. He’ll cross classes and paths with kindred spirits, extended family, eccentrics, and adversaries. Throughout his journey into adulthood, he’ll be befriended, loved, and conspired against. And each evolving adventure—comic, tragic, and romantic, both at home and abroad—will inform the observant young man’s success as he becomes a novelist.
In his most autobiographical work—the one he considered his “favorite child”—Charles Dickens etched a gallery of indelible characters, including the cruel Murdstone, the recklessly optimistic Micawber, the devious Uriah Heep, and Dora and Agnes, the faithful loves of David’s life. Enduringly popular, David Copperfield is considered by many to be Dickens’s masterpiece.
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