“My father had let a small collection of books in a little room upstairs, to which I had access (for it adjoined my own) and which nobody else in our house ever troubled. From that blessed little room, Roderick Random, Peregrine Pickle, Humphrey Clinker, Tom Jones, the Vicar of Wakefield, Don Quixote, Gil Blas, and Robinson Crusoe, came out, a glorious host, to keep me company. They kept alive my fancy, and my hope of something beyond that place and time.”
From David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Dickens’ eighth novel, published in serial form in 1849-50, is considered to be his most autobiographical. 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.”
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