"Book Synopsis ""Few novelists have ever captured more poignantly the feeling of childhood, the brightness and magic and terror of the world as seen through the eyes of a child and colored by his dawning emotions.""-Edgar Johnson ""The most perfect of all the Dickens novels"" -Virginia Woolf ""Like many fond parents, I have in my heart of heart a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield"" -Charles Dickens In Dickens' first-person narrative about an orphaned boy's experiences in Victorian England, David Copperfield chronicles the struggles and triumphs of youth. When David's widowed mother re-marries, his childhood is turned upside-down by his tyrannical stepfather. His unbearable life becomes worse when his Mother dies, and he is forced to work in child labor. David makes his way in the world, and through both the kindness and cruelty of others he forges his self-identity as a man. In his eighth novel, Charles Dickens masterfully fuses the comic and the tragic in exploring grief, recollection, and the social dilemmas of Victorian society. David Copperfield is also an examination of the interior; of an inner life taking shape. With its rich cast of colorful characters, energetic prose, and abundantly quotable text, this is an essential addition to any library. With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of David Copperfield is both modern and readable. From the Back Cover David Copperfield , one of literature's most cherished novels, is based on Charles Dickens' experiences of his youth, from working in a factory as a boy until a reporter as a young man. Themes of adversity, guilt and growth are woven through a parade of wickedly unforgettable characters in this magnificently insightful classic."