By Charles Dickens
Una infancia atribulada, con un padrastro merciless, una madre débil, un internado siniestro. Una adolescencia de explotación y miseria en una fábrica. Por fin, los angeles huida, a pie, de Londres a Dover, donde una tía excéntrica, que siempre quiso que el niño fuera niña, acoge y protege al huérfano desamparado. Luego los angeles juventud: los primeros amores, los primeros trabajos, los primeros amigos. Y las decepciones: amores equivocados, amigos que se desvían, promesas que se desvanecen, y también lealtades que perduran.
David Copperfield fue siempre los angeles novela preferida de Dickens, quizá porque en ella proyectó gran parte de su propia vida. Desde su publicación por entregas entre 1849 y 1850, no ha dejado más que una estela de admiración, alegría y gratitud. Henry James recordaba que de niño se escondía debajo de una mesa para oír a su madre leer las entregas en voz alta. Dostoievski l. a. leyó en su prisión en Siberia. Tolstói l. a. consideraba el mayor hallazgo de Dickens, y el capítulo de l. a. tempestad, el patrón por el que debería juzgarse toda obra de ficción. Fue los angeles novela favorita de Sigmund Freud. Kafka l. a. imitó en Amerika, y Joyce l. a. parodió en el Ulises. Para Cesare Pavese, en estas «páginas inolvidables cada uno de nosotros (no se me ocurre elogio mayor) vuelve a encontrar su propia experiencia secreta».
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