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David Copperfield: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

David Copperfield: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1


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This Norton Critical Edition reprints the original 1850 text of Dickens’ most autobiographical novel, and his own personal favorite, including all of the line drawings by Phiz.

The editor has made necessary typographical corrections and carefully introduced and annotated the text for the student reader.

Dickens’ number plans for David Copperfield, which reveal his practice both as a serial writer and as a craftsman, are also included.

"Backgrounds" focuses on Dickens’ personal involvement with and response to the novel’s publication.  Included are passages from his letters relating to David Copperfield, an autobiographical fragment, his preface to the 1869 edition of the novel, and a relevant excerpt from Little Dorrit.

"Criticism" is comprised of twelve essays by distinguished Dickensians representing a wide range of judgment and analysis. John Forster, Matthew Arnold, E. K. Brown, Gwendolyn B. Needham, Monroe Engel, J. Hillis Miller, Mark Spilka, Harry Stone, Bert G. Hornback, Garrett Stewart, Robert L. Patten, and Alexander Walsh provide a variety of perspectives.

A Chronology of Dickens’ Life and Works and a Selected Bibliography are also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393958287
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/1989
Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 226,460
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the most acclaimed and popular writers of all time. His many works include the classics The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Bleak House, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend, The Pickwick Papers and many more.

Jerome H. Buckley is Gurney Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Harvard University, where he began teaching in 1961. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the author of many books, among them The Victorian Temper, Tennyson: The Growth of a Poet, The Triumph of Time, and The Turning Key: Autobiography and the Subjective Impulse. He is the editor of the Riverside Edition of The Poems of Tennyson and Harvard’s The Worlds of Victorian Fiction, among other texts.

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1812

Date of Death:

June 18, 1870

Place of Birth:

Portsmouth, England

Place of Death:

Gad's Hill, Kent, England


Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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