This is the novel Dickens regarded as his 'favourite child' and is
considered his most autobiographical. As David recounts his
experience from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a
successful novelist, Dickens draws openly and revealingly on his
own life. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters are Rosa
Dartle, Dora, Steerforth, and the 'umble Uriah Heep, along with Mr
Micawber, a portrait of Dickens's own father, evoking a mixture of
love, nostalgia and guilt.