Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea Island, Portsmouth, England. He died on June 9, 1870, at Gads Hill Place, Rochester, United Kingdom. Spouse: Catherine Dickens (m. 1836–1858) Children: Charles Dickens, Jr, Kate Perugini, Mary Dickens.
David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens. It was first published as a novel in 1850. In the preface to the 1867 edition, Dickens wrote, “…like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield.”
Many of the novels follow events in Dickens’ own life, and David Copperfienld was said to be the most autobiographical of his novels. Charles Dickens has been considered the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood, to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. David was born in Blunderstone, Suffolk, England in 1820, six months after the death of his father. Until the age of seven, David lives with his mother and a housekeeper named Peggotty. David’s life takes a dramatic change when his mother marries Edward Murdstone.
David does not like his stepfather, Murdstone or Murdstone’s sister, who moves in shortly after Murdstone marries his mother. David begins to fall behind in his studies and Murdstone thrashes him. David bites Murdstone in retaliation, so David is sent away to Salem House run by a ruthless headmaster, Mr. Creakle. The David becomes friends with James Steerforth and Tommy Traddles.
David returns home for the holidays to learn that his mother has given birth to a baby boy. He returns back to Salem House. Soon, his mother and the baby die and David returns home. Murdstone sends David to work at a wine merchant in London, which is half owned by Murdstone. There is no one to watch David, so he runs away.
David walks from London to Dover, to find his only living relative, Aunt Betsey Trotwood. She is an eccentric woman who agrees to raise David, despite Murdstone’s attempt to regain custody. David’s Aunt renames him Trotwood Copperfield and calls him Trot. As David grows to adulthood, a variety of characters enter, leave, and re-enter his life.
Peggotty and her family, her orphaned niece “Little Em’ly”, who charms David until David’s school friend, Steerforth, seduces and dishonors her, Agnes Wickfield, the landlords daughter, who becomes David’s confidante. There is a host of other people that enter into Davids life until David marries the beautiful Dora Spenlow, who dies from a miscarriage early in their marriage.
David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
Does David Copperfield ever find happiness through all the tragedy in his life? Well my friends you will have to read the book to find the answer to that question. What does Charles Dickens have planned for David Copperfield? Happiness? Or more tragedy?
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