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Ben Bruce: Scenes in the Life of a Bowery Newsboy

Fifteen-year-old Ben runs away from the farm home of his stepfather and heads to New York City, but he later returns to save his stepfather from a swindler.

David Copperfield (Illustrated)

The story traces the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity. David is born in Blunderstone, Suffolk, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, in 1820, six months after the death of his father. David spends his early years with his mother and their housekeeper, Peggotty. When he is seven years old his mother marries Edward Murdstone. David is given good reason to dislike his stepfather and has similar feelings for Murdstone's sister Jane, who moves into the house soon afterwards. Murdstone attempts to thrash David for falling behind in his studies. David bites him and soon afterwards is sent away to a boarding school, Salem House, with a ruthless headmaster, Mr. Creakle. There he befriends James Steerforth and Tommy Traddles.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

DAVID COPPERPIELD , CHAR1ES DICKENS BORN I 8 I 2-DIED , P R E F A C E I REMARKED in the original Preface to this Book, that I did not find it easy to get sufficiently far away from it, in the first sensations of having finished it, to refer to it with the composure which this formal heading would seem to require. My interest in it was so recent mci strong, and my mind was so divided between pleasure and regretpleasure in the achievement of a long design, regret in the separation from many companions-that I was in danger of wearying the reader with personal confidences and private emotions. Besides which, all that I could have said of the Story to any purpose, I had endeavoured to say in it. It would concern the reader little, perhaps, to know how sorrowfully the pen is laid down at the close of a two-years imaginative task or how an Author feels as if he were dismissing some portion of himself into the shadowy world, when a crowd of the creatures of Eljs brainare going from him for ever. Yet, I had nothing else to tell unless, indeed, I were to confess which might be of less moment still, that no one can ever believe this Narrative, in the reading, more than I believed it in the writing. So true are these avowals at the present day, that I can now only take the reader into one confidence more. Of all my books, I like this the best. It will be easily believed that I am a fond parent to every child of my fancy, and that no one can ever love that family as dearly as I love them. But, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is DAVI C D O PPERFIELD. THE PERSONAL HISTORY AN D EXPERIENCE DAVID COPPERFIELD THE YOUNGER CHAPTER I I AM BORN WHETHER Ishall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the begifining of my life, I record that I was born as I have been informed and believe on a Friday, at twelve oclock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously...