Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English novelist and social critic. All his novels focus on major social issues in Victorian England. David Copperfield tells about the journey of young David from a difficult childhood to a successful life as a novelist. The early death of his father and later his mother, flings him into a world where people are both mean and helpful. As David moves from sorrow to happiness, he encounters some of literature's most exceptional characters.