Our novel for the month at the Free Library of Philadelphia is David Copperfield, or to be more precise, The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account.  Copperfield  is the most autobiographical of Dickens’ novels, and featuring one of his greatest characters, Wilkins Micawber.

Wesley Stace

On Wed May 9, novelist Wesley Stace will be the Boz Bicentenary Speaker in a freewheeling talk about his favorite Dickens’ novel, David Copperfield.  Stace has published three novels and his first, Misfortune, is set in the Victorian age and features a walk-on cameo by Dickens himself.  Stace’s latest is Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer.  Don’t wait any longer to register for this event.

Then on Thu May 17, the Dickens Reading Salon at the FLP will be dicscussing Copperfield.  These salons take place on the third Thursday of every month.  They are free, but we ask participants to register, as space is limited in the room in which we meet (the beautiful Elkins room in the Rare Book Dept of the FLP).  Copperfield is already sold out, so don’t wait to register for next month’s book, Great Expectations.

More on Copperfield at David Perdue’s Dickens site.

The manuscript of David Copperfield at the V&A Museum.

And check out this massive internet resource for the novel: Remember,  resource and tribute to David Copperfield.