A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor – these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens's haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his 'great expectations'.
This definitive edition uses the text from the first published edition of 1861. It includes a map of Kent in the early nineteenth century, and appendices on Dickens's original ending and his working notes, giving readers an illuminating glimpse into the mind of a great novelist at work.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. David Trotter is Quain Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of Department at University College London. Charlotte Mitchell is Lecturer in English at University College London.
"No story in the first person was ever better told."
|Chronology of Charles Dickens's Life and Work||p. xv|
|Historical Context of Great Expectations||p. xvii|
|Great Expectations||p. 1|
|The Original Ending of Great Expectations||p. 599|
|Interpretive Notes||p. 614|
|Critical Excerpts||p. 621|
|Questions for Discussion||p. 631|
|Suggestions for the Interested Reader||p. 633|
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Series: Penguin Classics
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: January 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 12.0 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 19.8
Edition Number: 1