QUICKLET ON CHARLES DICKENS' DAVID COPPERFIELD (CLIFFNOTES-LIKE SUMMARY)
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ABOUT THE BOOK Until the summer after my second year of college, I despised Charles Dickens. I couldn't stomach his outdated witticisms and had no patience for his Gothic writing style. In high school, when my AP English teacher assigned A Tale of Two Cities, I read Chapters 1-10 and gave up. I could stand to fail an English test since it was my best subject. I couldn't stand to spend one more second trudging through the doldrums of Charles Darnay's self-righteousness and Sydney Carton's unrequited sob-fest. Everything changed when I signed up for an annual week-long educational program called ?Dickens Universe?. I was a literature major at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the completion of Dickens Universe, part of UCSC's world-renowned Dickens Project, meant I'd receive a full quarter's course credits in just one week. The incentive was greater than my distaste for Dickens, so I enrolled and bought a copy of that year's featured novel: David Copperfield. My preconceptions about Charles Dickens began to melt away within minutes of my arrival on the first day. Dickens experts from 35 of the world's top universities gathered beneath the redwood groves of the UCSC campus for lectures, study groups, and Victorian-style tea each day. MEET THE AUTHOR April graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2011 with a BA degree in English literature and a minor in history focused on the Islamic world. A lifelong storyteller and working journalist based in Santa Cruz, CA, she is currently the senior contributing writer for Good Times Weekly, Santa Cruz County's largest print and online publication. April also works as a professional writer/editor. Her topics of interest range from arts and music to political and environmental pieces. She has always lived near the ocean and grew up surfing with her dad on the Central Coast of California.