Saying Goodbye to a Novel’s Characters

atkins-bookshelf-quotations“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 his brain are going from him for ever.”

From the preface to the 1850 book edition of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (the book was initially serialized from May 1849 to November 1850). David Copperfield, Dickens’s eighth novel, is considered to be his most autobiographical work. Not surprisingly, it came to be Dickens’s favorite novels, as affirmed in the preface to a later edition, published in 1867: “[Like] many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield.”

Read related posts: Why Read Dickens?
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The Inspiration for Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

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