The year before he died Dickens wrote of David Copperfield, "Of all my books, I like this the best." The story of the abandoned waif who develops a "disciplined heart" through challenging encounters with distress and misfortune is a supreme example of Dickens' skill as a novelist. Dickens captures the brightness and magic and terror of the world as seen through the eyes of a child...the brutality and cruelty of boyhood...the widening gaze of adolescence, the stress of starting out on a career, the silliness and delirious ecstasy and anguish of youthful love. Recommended for grade 10. Original copyright 1850. Unabridged republication by Dover (Giant Thrift Edition) 2004. Dimensions: 5 1/8 x 8 3/16 inches Softcover. 719 pp.
Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield" is a highly entertaining and educational novel because it is filled with colorful and engaging characters, who explore the various consequences of the choices they have made in their life. The reader encounters wonderfully drawn characters: innocent David Copperfield, the angelic Agnes Wickfield, silly Dora Spenlow, and the scheming Uriah Heep.