If Dickens had not been forced to consider the inhibitions of his day, and if he had not been forced to pad, in order to meet the lineage demands of the periodicals for which he wrote, this is the DAVID COPPERFIELD he would have written. Such is the theory on which this editing was done. The result is good reading. The essence of the real COPPERFIELD is all there; the situations, characters, inimitable dialogue; but the whole is sharpened into modern focus by careful pruning and trimming and abridging. Just what the market is, one wonders. Perhaps it will have a place in bringing new readers to worship at the Dickens' shrine.