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Amazon Says: Here are eight stories from master American writers of the 19th century. They vary from sinister tales by Ambrose Bierce - why is that window boarded up? - and a reflective mo more...
Amazon Says: Here are eight stories from master American writers of the 19th century. They vary from sinister tales by Ambrose Bierce - why is that window boarded up? - and a reflective moment in the life of a woman without children, to classic short stories by O' Henry and Stephen Crane. There is even an elegiac description of an eclipse by James Fenimore Cooper, author of "The Last of the Mohicans". Read with sensitivity and skill by Garrick Hagon and Liza Ross. less...
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Amazon Says: This rich collection of stories explores the experiences and complexities of womanhood through a wide array of lenses. Edith Wharton's Atrophy tells the heartbreaking story of more...
Amazon Says: This rich collection of stories explores the experiences and complexities of womanhood through a wide array of lenses. Edith Wharton's Atrophy tells the heartbreaking story of Nora Fenway and her clandestine lover, now dying. A wife embraces fashionable "Bloomsbury" values yet sacrifices the most important thing of all in Katherine Mansfield's Marriage a la Mode. A young lover's dilemma is beautifully portrayed in Charlotte Mew's powerful poetic narrative Some Ways of Love, while William Locke's Ladies in Lavender tells the tale of two aging sisters who become romantically involved with a stranger. In The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman recounts a woman's terrifying descent into madness. Also included are stories by Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Lamb, and Mary Braddon. Sometimes joyful, sometimes sad, and always absorbing, the stories in this remarkable anthology are interpreted by Harriet Walter with tenderness and sensitivity. less...
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Amazon Says: Five great American short story writers, dating from the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth centuries are represented here. Different in atmosphere and writing style, they never more...
Amazon Says: Five great American short story writers, dating from the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth centuries are represented here. Different in atmosphere and writing style, they nevertheless caught the mood and concerns of the day in a way that was distinctly American. Bierce's "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" leaves echoes in the imagination; the stories by Crane and London recall the themes of the Civil War and the Klondike for which they are well known. Twain's humour is to the fore in "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and O. Henry's sharp observation makes his neat tales a joy to listen to. An attractive and accessible collection. less...
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Amazon Says: Part of the Naxos AudioBooks Essential series, this CD combines some of Poes best-loved ghost stories, plus a selection of poetry including The Raven and an additional biograp more...
Amazon Says: Part of the Naxos AudioBooks Essential series, this CD combines some of Poes best-loved ghost stories, plus a selection of poetry including The Raven and an additional biography. This audiobook features The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Premature Burial and The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar. less...
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King Lear by Shakespeare
Amazon Says: A tale of vanity, lust, and betrayal, the third of Shakespeare's great tragedies is dramatized with a full cast. Starring Paul Scofield in the title role, along with Kenneth B more...
Amazon Says: A tale of vanity, lust, and betrayal, the third of Shakespeare's great tragedies is dramatized with a full cast. Starring Paul Scofield in the title role, along with Kenneth Branagh, Harriet Walter, Alec McCowen, and Michael Maloney. less...
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Amazon Says: Unconventional, warm and witty, this Georgian romance by Georgette Heyer unusually begins with a marriage rather than ending with one. When Horatia Winwood steps in to marry t more...
Amazon Says: Unconventional, warm and witty, this Georgian romance by Georgette Heyer unusually begins with a marriage rather than ending with one. When Horatia Winwood steps in to marry the Earl of Rule, the disappointed suitor of her elegant sister, it is the luxuries of high society life that she becomes entranced with rather than her husband. And yet, despite the countless misunderstandings, spats and blunders, somewhere along the line, this marriage of convenience turns into the real thing. less...
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Romeo and Juliet 3 Audio CD Set by William Shakespeare
Amazon Says: The cast of this unabridged recording of Romeo and Juliet features Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale in the title roles, with Fiona Shaw, Norman Rodway, David Bradley and Fran more...
Amazon Says: The cast of this unabridged recording of Romeo and Juliet features Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale in the title roles, with Fiona Shaw, Norman Rodway, David Bradley and Frances Barber. less...
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The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli
Amazon Says: An obscure civil servant, dead for nearly 500 years, author of but one major work, yet whose name is still in common use. Remarkable? Not when the civil servant is Nicolo Mach more...
Amazon Says: An obscure civil servant, dead for nearly 500 years, author of but one major work, yet whose name is still in common use. Remarkable? Not when the civil servant is Nicolo Machiavelli, and when the book is The Prince. Written in 1513 as a gift for the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici, The Prince has retained its reputation as one of the most perceptive analyses on politics and power ever written. Valued for its brilliant writing, shrewd psychological insight, canny advice, and prophetic qualities, it has never lost its power to shock and influence, or to illuminate the heart of darkness. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the real meaning of "political hardball." Ian Richardson's formidable reading of this unabridged translation is an accessible and entertaining introduction to Machiavelli's truly compelling, eerily prescient worldview. less...
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The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Amazon Says: A compelling novel of self-discovery and the search for meaning from the author of The Painted VeilThe Great War changed everything and everyone, and Larry Darrell is no excep more...
Amazon Says: A compelling novel of self-discovery and the search for meaning from the author of The Painted VeilThe Great War changed everything and everyone, and Larry Darrell is no exception. Though his physical wounds from the war heal, his spirit is changed almost beyond recognition. He leaves his betrothed, the beautiful and devoted Isabel; studies philosophy and religion in Paris; lives as a monk, and witnesses the exotic hardships of Spanish life. All of life that he can find—from an Indian Ashrama to labor in a coal mine—becomes Larry's spiritual experiment as he spurns the comfort and privilege of the Roaring 20s.This novel is part of Brilliance Audio's extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love. less...
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Amazon Says: Witness Jules Verne’s uncanny ability to predict the future possibilities of science.…On their quest to reach the very core of the earth, Professor Lindenbrock and more...
Amazon Says: Witness Jules Verne’s uncanny ability to predict the future possibilities of science.…On their quest to reach the very core of the earth, Professor Lindenbrock and his nephew Axel, gain access to the interior by travelling north to cold and barren Iceland, where they enter the subterranean regions through the cone of the extinct volcano Sneffels.In their descent, they must interpret nature backwards passing through the strata of successively earlier and earlier periods, eventually finding themselves in a marvelous underground world filled with exotic plants and long extinct animals. A journey as fantastic as it is predictive, Journey to the Center of the Earth shows Verne at the height of his career.This novel is part of Brilliance Audio's extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love. less...
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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Amazon Says: Audie Award, Fiction, 2013Margaret Atwood's popular dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale explores a broad range of issues relating to power, gender, and religious politics. Mul more...
Amazon Says: Audie Award, Fiction, 2013Margaret Atwood's popular dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale explores a broad range of issues relating to power, gender, and religious politics. Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Claire Danes (Temple Grandin, Homeland) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, one of the most powerful and widely read novels of our time.After a staged terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and all controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred, now a Handmaid serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression.The Handmaid's Tale is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star had a hand in selecting. less...
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Uncle Fred in the Springtime by P. G. Wodehouse
Amazon Says: When Alaric, Duke of Dunstable, decides to take the Empress of Blandings away from her loving master and get her fit, Lord Emsworth calls in the services of the redoubtable Un more...
Amazon Says: When Alaric, Duke of Dunstable, decides to take the Empress of Blandings away from her loving master and get her fit, Lord Emsworth calls in the services of the redoubtable Uncle Fred. Fred arrives full of the joys of spring, with nephew Pongo Twistleton and old friend Polly Pott in tow, and—despite the efforts of the efficient Baxter—endeavors to scupper the Duke and to bring together a variety of romantic couplings. less...
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Amazon Says: "All warfare is based on deception. Thus, when able to attack, we must seem unable. Hold out bait to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. If he is in superior stre more...
Amazon Says: "All warfare is based on deception. Thus, when able to attack, we must seem unable. Hold out bait to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant." Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the West with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world. Although it was meant to be a practical guide to warfare in the age of chariots, many corporate and government leaders have successfully applied its lessons to battles in the modern dog-eat-dog world. Sun Tzu covers all aspects of war in his time, from strategy and tactics to the proper use of terrain and spies. In this version, Sun Tzu's lessons are brought to life with commentaries from ancient Chinese history, which illustrate both the philosophy and the principles of his teachings. less...
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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Amazon Says: Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Newland Archer is a young lawyer, a member of New York's high society, and engaged to be married to May Welland.Countess El more...
Amazon Says: Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Newland Archer is a young lawyer, a member of New York's high society, and engaged to be married to May Welland.Countess Ellen Olenska is May's cousin, and wants a divorce from the Polish nobleman she married. Intelligent and beautiful, she comes back to New York where she tries to fit into the high society life she had before her marriage. Her family and former friends, however, are shocked by the idea of divorce within their social circle, and she finds herself snubbed by her own class.When Ellen and Newland fall in love, will they be able to choose between passion and conventions?This novel is part of Brilliance Audio's extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love. less...
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The Life and Works of Chopin by Jeremy Siepmann
Amazon Says: In 2010, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin is celebrated. Regarded as one of the most mesmerising performers of his day, Frédéric Chopin, the pianist-composer, li more...
Amazon Says: In 2010, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin is celebrated. Regarded as one of the most mesmerising performers of his day, Frédéric Chopin, the pianist-composer, lives on in his music - his waltzes, mazurkas, etudes, preludes, nocturnes, three piano sonatas and two piano concertos. Here, his life, from his birth in Poland, his famous affair with the French writer George Sand, to his death at the age of 39 in Paris, is told with his music featuring prominently. We think of Chopin as a 'frail, sheltered genius' but this forthright portrait demonstrates he was far more boisterous than that. Cheerful as a youth, it was only later that the glare of publicity, the change from local to national celebrity, made Chopin guard his privacy more carefully. This is clearly presented in Jeremy Siepmann's sympathetic account of the life of one of the key figures in Romantic music. less...
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Paradise by Dante Alighieri
Amazon Says: Originally released on 3 CDs in abridged form. Now available on 4 CDs unabridged. "I have been in the Heaven that takes up most of his light, and saw things there that those w more...
Amazon Says: Originally released on 3 CDs in abridged form. Now available on 4 CDs unabridged. "I have been in the Heaven that takes up most of his light, and saw things there that those who descend from that height cannot speak of or forget..." Led by his guide Beatrice, Dante leaves the Earth behind and soars through the heavenly spheres of Paradise. In this third and final part of The Divine Comedy, he encounters the just rulers and holy saints of the Church. The horrors of Inferno and the trials of Purgatory are left far behind. Ultimately, in Paradise, Dante is granted a vision of God's Heavenly court - the angels, the Blessed Virgin and God Himself. With music of the period. less...
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Purgatory by Dante Alighieri
Amazon Says: Originally released on 3 CDs in abridged form. Now available on 4 CDs unabridged. "Now of that second kingdom I shall sing where human souls are purified of sin and made worth more...
Amazon Says: Originally released on 3 CDs in abridged form. Now available on 4 CDs unabridged. "Now of that second kingdom I shall sing where human souls are purified of sin and made worthy to ascend to Heaven" Purgatory is the second part of Dante's The Divine Comedy. We find the Poet, with his guide Virgil, ascending the terraces of the Mount of Purgatory inhabited by those doing penance to expiate their sins on earth. There are the proud - forced to circle their terrace for aeons bent double in humility; the slothful - running around crying out examples of zeal and sloth; while the lustful are purged by fire. Though less well-known than Inferno, Purgatory has inspired many writers including, in our century, Samuel Beckett, and has played a key role in literature. With music of the period. less...
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Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Amazon Says: When the young and naïve Rosemary Hoyt comes to the French Riviera in the 1920s she is bedazzled by the glamorous lifestyles of Dick and Nicole Diver and their high-society s more...
Amazon Says: When the young and naïve Rosemary Hoyt comes to the French Riviera in the 1920s she is bedazzled by the glamorous lifestyles of Dick and Nicole Diver and their high-society set. Yet, beneath this polished veneer, the lives of the Divers are fraught with complexity and anxiety. As their mysterious, problematic past resurfaces, the struggle to keep up appearances takes its toll, and their seemingly perfect lives begin to deteriorate with alarming rapidity. Overflowing with descriptive brilliance and lyrical power, Tender is the Night is also remarkable for the strong autobiographical element to the story. In depicting Dick and Nicole Diver, Fitzgerald clearly explores his own tempestuous relationship with his schizophrenic but brilliant wife Zelda. less...
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Amazon Says: Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is a classic of science fiction. Though it began its life as a short story, it was later expanded into a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel, s more...
Amazon Says: Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is a classic of science fiction. Though it began its life as a short story, it was later expanded into a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel, served as a springboard for a much larger universe of stories, and finally, has been made into a feature film. In Ender's World almost two dozen writers of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult books offer new perspectives on the 1985 novel, along with insights gleaned from other 'Ender' stories that fit within the Ender's Game chronology, including Ender in Exile and Ender's Shadow. In addition, military strategists Colonel Tom Ruby and Captain John Schmitt offer insight into the human-Formic war. Also included are contributions from Aaron Johnson, the coauthor of the Formic Wars prequel novels, and Jake Black, the coauthor of The Authorized Ender Companion. The collection's insightful analyses and moving personal essays are rounded out with short pieces answering more technically oriented questions about the Ender universe, including why the Battle Room is a cube and why the military recruited their soldiers as children. *Edited by Orson Scott Card himself, who also provides an introduction to the anthology as well as to the individual essays, Ender's World is aimed both at readers who have kept up with the many books that came after and at those who simply want to revisit the original novel. less...
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Amazon Says: This outstanding historical recording made in 1941 for radio is widely regarded as one of the finest Hamlet performances ever, and one of John Gielgud's greatest moments. Thou more...
Amazon Says: This outstanding historical recording made in 1941 for radio is widely regarded as one of the finest Hamlet performances ever, and one of John Gielgud's greatest moments. Though he went on to record it for commercial release, nothing matched this recording in the BBC studios, made before the days of editing. less...
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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Amazon Says: Edmond Dantes, a man on the threshold of a bright career and a happy marriage, is imprisoned in the Chateau d'If, a guarded island bastion in France, on a false political indi more...
Amazon Says: Edmond Dantes, a man on the threshold of a bright career and a happy marriage, is imprisoned in the Chateau d'If, a guarded island bastion in France, on a false political indictment. After staging a sensational prison break, he discovers the legendary treasure of Monte Cristo. Newly wealthy, Dantes sets out on a course of revenge and redemption. less...
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Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Amazon Says: One of the great works of American literature, Moby-Dick is the epic tale of one man's fight against a force of nature. The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust dur more...
Amazon Says: One of the great works of American literature, Moby-Dick is the epic tale of one man's fight against a force of nature. The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost. This masterfully symbolic drama of the conflict between man and his fate has a special intensity that listeners will not soon forget. less...
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Amazon Says: Legendary author Ernest Hemingway's nonfiction masterpiece Death in the Afternoon has been called the finest book ever written about bullfighting. Hemingway once described bul more...
Amazon Says: Legendary author Ernest Hemingway's nonfiction masterpiece Death in the Afternoon has been called the finest book ever written about bullfighting. Hemingway once described bullfighting as decadent in every way. But after immersing himself in the culture, he began to see the sport as an art form. less...
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Amazon Says: Featuring stories by Louisa May Alcott, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Hardy, Wilkie Collins, and other literary luminaries, Short Stories: The Vintage Collection represents over more...
Amazon Says: Featuring stories by Louisa May Alcott, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Hardy, Wilkie Collins, and other literary luminaries, Short Stories: The Vintage Collection represents over seven hours of listening pleasure for the whole family. Veteran readers Hugh Laurie, Marin Jarvis, and Derek Jacobi (to name a few) bring life to these classic stories like no one else could. Stories include "Providence and the Butler" by P. G. Wodehouse, "On Eating and Drinking" by Jerome K. Jerome, and more. less...
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Howards End by E. M. Forster
Amazon Says: Considered by many to be E. M. Forster's greatest novel, Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schl more...
Amazon Says: Considered by many to be E. M. Forster's greatest novel, Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic, leading lives of "telegrams and anger." When the elder Mrs. Wilcox dies and her family discovers she has left their country home-Howards End-to one of the Schlegel sisters, a crisis between the two families is precipitated that takes years to resolve. Written in 1910, Howards End is a symbolic exploration of the social, economic, and intellectual forces at work in England in the years preceding World War I, a time when vast social changes were occurring. In the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes, Forster perfectly embodies the competing idealism and materialism of the upper classes, while the conflict over the ownership of Howards End represents the struggle for possession of the country's future. Forster refuses to take sides in this conflict. Instead he poses one of the book's central questions: In a changing modern society, what should be the relation between the inner and outer life, between the world of the intellect and the world of business? Can they ever, as Forster urges, "only connect"? less...
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A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Amazon Says: Caught up in a world of social snobbery, Lucy Honeychurch finds herself constrained by the claustrophobic influence of her British guardians. When she falls for a free-spirite more...
Amazon Says: Caught up in a world of social snobbery, Lucy Honeychurch finds herself constrained by the claustrophobic influence of her British guardians. When she falls for a free-spirited expatriate in Italy, she becomes caught in a struggle between her own emotions and social conventions. E. M. Forster's celebrated social comedy explores romantic intrigue and prim propriety among a colorful cast of Edwardian characters. less...
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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Amazon Says: Beyond its importance as a literary work of unvarnished genius, Geoffrey Chaucer's unfinished epic poem is also one of the most beloved works in the English language--and for more...
Amazon Says: Beyond its importance as a literary work of unvarnished genius, Geoffrey Chaucer's unfinished epic poem is also one of the most beloved works in the English language--and for good reason: it is lively, absorbing, perceptive, and outrageously funny. But despite the brilliance of Chaucer's work, the continual evolution of our language has rendered his words unfamiliar to many of us. Esteemed poet, translator, and scholar Burton Raffel's magnificent new unabridged translation brings Chaucer's poetry back to life, ensuring that none of the original's wit, wisdom, or humanity is lost to the modern reader. This edition also features an introduction by the widely influential medievalist and author John Miles Foley that discusses Chaucer's work as well as his life and times. less...
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1984 by George Orwell
Amazon Says: Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world in which privacy does not exist, news is manufactured according to the authorities' will, and those with unorthodox ideas are brainwa more...
Amazon Says: Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world in which privacy does not exist, news is manufactured according to the authorities' will, and those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death. Orwell's 1949 nightmare vision of the world we were becoming is still the great modern classic of negative Utopia. less...
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Amazon Says: David Copperfield is the quintessential novel by England's most beloved novelist. Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy more...
Amazon Says: David Copperfield is the quintessential novel by England's most beloved novelist. Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he encounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber-a character resembling Dickens's own father. In David Copperfield-the novel he described as his "favorite child"-Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of his most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure. less...
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