"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."

David Copperfield was written in 1849-1850 and was Dickens' eighth full-length novel, though the first to be written in the first person. It is a Bildungsroman (a coming of age novel) and draws on many of the details of Dickens' own life.