David Copperfield (Great Stories Series)
Introduction and Afterword by Joe Wheeler^Among the Focus on the Family Great Stories collection, "David Copperfield" is a perennial favorite. In this story of an innocent orphan making his way in an uncaring world, Dickens draws a gallery of memorable...
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Introduction and Afterword by Joe Wheeler^Among the Focus on the Family Great Stories collection, "David Copperfield" is a perennial favorite. In this story of an innocent orphan making his way in an uncaring world, Dickens draws a gallery of memorable characters into young David's life, such as jovial Mr. Micawber and the sniveling, sinister Uriah Heep. Joe Wheeler's introduction and discussion questions provide additional clarity for today's reader. "David Copperfield," with its message of hope amidst harsh reality, has been called the greatest growing-up book ever written.
Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England in 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.