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Dickens's Personal Prompt Copy of David Copperfield

ITEM: RB1585
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 The quick-fix way to conquer a Dickens classic---with the blessings of the author 

Yes, there is a way for busy professionals to read (or revisit) a classic of literature in record time, and in a totally authentic way: read the condensed version that the author himself created. When Charles Dickens added David Copperfield to the works that he performed to rapt audiences in both Britain and America, he trimmed the 64 chapters of the original David Copperfield to a mere six. In essence, he turned his novel into theater, and in this rare performance copy that The New York Public Library owns, you can see exactly how Dickens accomplished his brilliant distillation---excising, rewriting, and even resequencing some of the original chapters. This is the first-ever facsimile of the work, a fast but satisfying read of what was Dickens’s favorite story---and one the author completely approved of. With an introduction by New York Public Library curator Isaac Gewirtz.

  • The first-ever facsimile of The New York Public Library’s one-of-a-kind prompt copy, with Dickens’s copious annotations
  • Full color and true size, with transcriptions of all of Dickens’s handwritten changes
  • Includes a transcription of Dickens’s emended copy, so you can read the story as Dickens would have performed it
  • Smythe-sewn hardcover with a linen cover and cloth bookmark; printed in America
  • Not in the bookstores---only from Levenger
  • 184 full-color pages
  • 6 x 9 1/4
A message for our longtime customers: If you own the prompt copy of A Christmas Carol that Levenger Press published in 2009, you’ll be happy to know that this prompt copy is the same size. We wanted you to have a nicely balanced pair of prompt copies on your bookshelf.
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