Charles Dickens - David Copperfield

David Copperfield was originally published in monthly parts, from May 1849 to November 1850.  The entire manuscript was bequeathed to the Museum by John Forster (1812-1876) the author's friend and biographer. The Forster Collection also includes the manuscripts of most of Dicken's other full-length novels, plus printers' proofs, early editions, correspondence and artworks.

The manuscript's first instalments are currently included in a bicentenary display about Dickens, at the V&A's National Art Library until April 2012. The pages from Chapter 31 onwards can also viewed below, and the earlier chapters will be added later. 

Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870): A Bicentenary Display

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
David Copperfield
Autograph manuscript, 1849-1850
MSL/1876/Forster/161