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David Copperfield
Charles Dickens

This Victorian Bildungsroman is about Victorian society and values ranging from accounts about upper-middle to lower class. The novel follows protagonist David Copperfield through his life and especially highlights the social issues of Victorian times. David is orphaned being quite young, visits a boarding school, and is handed from guardian to guardian. He encounters middle-class bullies and meets poverty, and is himself no stranger to child labour.

David Copperfield represents a complex and diverse novel exploring Victorian society extensively and thus provides a good inside into British history. Also, it is in the public domain.

· · 1850

Critical edition

Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield. Penguin Classics, 2012. 1008 pp., ISBN 9780141199160

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