Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
David Copperfield lives happily with his mother until she decides to marry the tyrannical Edward Murdstone. Abused and ill-treated by his stepfather, David is sent to the Salem House, a boarding school where he makes friends with the self-centred James Steerforth and the hapless Tom Taddles. David returns home upon his mother and half-brother's demise, only to be neglected by his stepfather who sends him to work at their family bottling factory. What happens when after a miserable life at the factory, David runs away to his great-aunt Betsy Trotwood?
A coming-of-age novel, David Copperfield presents Charles Dickens at his best. It is not only among his own personal favorites, but also draws on his life�s experiences. The novel has undergone several film and television adaptations and continues to be loved by the readers.
About the Author
Charles Dickens was one of the most popular English writers of all time. He created some of the world�s most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.
Born in Portsmouth, England, on 7 February, 1812, Dickens was the second of eight children. He was forced to leave school after his father�s imprisonment, to work at a boot-blacking factory. His early childhood experiences were much like those depicted in his novel - David Copperfield. He felt abandoned and betrayed by the adults who were supposed to take care of him. These sentiments later became a recurring theme in his writings.
In 1865, Dickens was involved in a train accident and never fully recovered. On June 9, 1870, Dickens suffered a stroke and, at the age of 58, died at Gad�s Hill Place, his country home in Kent, England, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.