Yet, I have nothing else to tell;

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Preface to 1850 Edition

Dickens was reluctant to divulge his past except in camouflage such as his fiction afforded, but the act of doing here was fruitful for his subsequent novels, whose breadth suddenly expands. He has in more far senses than his readers then knew sent a part of himself into "the shadowy world." That he has nothing left to tell about the traumas of his early life may be technically true, yet Great Expectations indicates that by then he has developed a sophisticated, more figurative knowledge of his past. In that respect Great Expectations feels more like a symbolic dream than a "history." 

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