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Great Expectations (Penguin Classics)

 
 
 
 
Great Expectations (Penguin Classics)
Author: Charles Dickens
ISBN 13: 9780141439563
ISBN 10: 141439564
Edition: Revised
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2002-12-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
List Price: $10.00
 
 

'It was now too late and too far to go back, and I went on. And the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me'

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 changes 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.

July 20, 1861 - Saturday Review

Mr. Dickens may be reasonably proud of these volumes.... he has written a story that is new, original, powerful and very entertaining.... It is in his best vein, and although it is too slight, and bears many traces of hasty writing, it is quite worthy to stand beside Martin Chuzzlewit and David Copperfield.