David Copperfield : in half the time.
David Copperfield's happy childhood is abruptly ended by his mother's remarriage to Mr Murdstone. After enduring the misery of Salem House Academy and a life of drudgery in his step father's business, he runs away to his eccentric aunt, Betsey Trotwood, in Dover, and transforms his life a second time - finding friendship with the ever optimistic Mr Micawber and falling in love with the adorable but spoilt Dora.
But David has to face tragedy, and outface the scheming Uriah Heep before he finds ultimate happiness.
About the Author
Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. In 1824, his father was imprisoned for debt, so Charles was sent to work in a shoe-dye factory. He later became a clerk in a law firm, a shorthand reporter in the courts, and a parliamentary and newspaper reporter. In 1833, Dickens began to contribute short stories and essays to periodicals, heralding the start of a glittering and prolific literary career.
He married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, with whom he had nine surviving children before they separated in 1858. Dickens died suddenly at home on June 9, 1870, leaving behind an internationally acclaimed canon of work, including Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and Our Mutual Friend. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.
About the Editor
Michael Slater is Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck College in the University of London. He was editor of The Dickensian (1968-77) and President of the International Dickens Fellowship (1988-90). He has published many books and articles on Dickens.
Series: Compact Editions
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 3rd May 2007
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1